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Château Guilhem

Pot de Vin

Pot de Vin

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Varietal: Merlot

Region: Languedoc

Country: France

Volume: 750ml

In the sun-kissed vineyards of the western Languedoc, Château Guilhem presents its meteorically successful bargain red: Pot de Vin 2022. This standout wine is a pure expression of Merlot, a grape variety celebrated for its smooth and velvety character.

The grapes for Pot de Vin are grown on a single site within an old family estate that has been cultivating Bordeaux varieties for generations. The vineyard practices are certified organic and biodynamic, reflecting Château Guilhem's commitment to sustainable and ethical viticulture.

The wine's name, "Pot de Vin," meaning "Bribe" in French, captures the rebellious and authentic spirit of the estate. It's a playful nod to the tradition of resisting certain restrictive practices in the wine industry and stands as a symbol of the estate's philosophy of challenging the status quo.

As for the label, Pot de Vin boasts a knockout design that catches the eye and sparks curiosity, all at no extra charge. It's a wine that not only delights the palate but also pleases the eye.

Upon uncorking, Pot de Vin reveals a vibrant and complex taste profile, with luscious notes of ripe fruits, hints of herbs, and a subtle minerality. Its smooth and velvety texture makes it a pleasure to sip on its own or paired with a variety of dishes.

With each bottle of Pot de Vin, Château Guilhem invites wine enthusiasts to experience a wine that is more than just a beverage—it's a statement of rebellion, authenticity, and a deep-rooted respect for the land and winemaking traditions.
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About Winemaker

Château Guilhem

Situated in Malepère, the most westerly region of the Languedoc, Château Guilhem was built in 1791. Then the property of the Marquis de Auberjon, it was bought by the Guilhem family in 1878. Bertrand is the fifth generation of his family to run the estate.

The thirty-five hectares of vineyards are planted mainly to Bordeaux varieties— Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc— with some Chardonnay. There are some plantings of Grenache and Cinsault as well, that are used entirely for the rosé. Despite the vineyards' proximity to the Mediterranean, the climate here actually sees quite a bit of influence from the Atlantic; in addition, the soil here is atypical of the rest of the region, with a high proportion of calcareous sandstones. These stones help the soils to retain moisture over the winter so that the vines can flourish in the summer. The grapes are grown organically, with some biodynamic parcels as well, out of respect for both the vines and for the people who work them.

The cellar was built in the late nineteenth century; old casks and concrete tanks stand next to modern stainless steel vats. Bertrand pulls both from older traditions and modern ideas in order to produce fresh, aromatic wines.

So..What's natural wine again?

  • No synthetic molecules in the vines
  • Plowing or other solutions to avoid chemical herbicides
  • Use of indigenous yeast
  • Handpicked grapes
  • Low to no filtering
  • Low to no sulfites
  • Winemaking that respects the grapes: no pumping or rough handling
    of the grapes
  • no micro-oxygenation

Not all of our wines are natural; some are simply organic or sustainable.
However, they're all delicious and good for you!