The Patriots is the ultimate expression of the red that Chile does better than anywhere else – supple, easy drinking Merlot. Each year we search out a Merlot with the perfect combination of smooth texture and ripe berry flavours at a great price.
"Very easy drinking. A firm favourite as it is smooth, not too heavy and goes with most food"
Online Review For the 2016 vintage
We travelled 10,000 miles and sampled 2,000 wines to find the original Patriots Merlot, named in honour of the founding fathers of Chilean independence. It sold out in weeks, proving there’s a legion of fans looking for the smoothest, juiciest and best value Chilean Merlot available. So every year our Buyer returns to Chile, seeking out a wine worthy of the name The Patriots. This year she found it at thrice ‘Winery of the Year’ LFE, owned by our old friend Luis Felipe Edwards. The 2017 has all the plummy richness Patriots fans have come to expect, with added depth of flavour, spice and savoury character courtesy of the deft hand of chief winemaker Nicolas Bizzarri. It’s an ideal red to enjoy as a glass solo or with lamb chops or chicken.
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If you like The Patriots Merlot 2017 but fancy trying something new, here's what our wine team recommend
you taste next.
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Customers are always telling us they want to try new wines but don't know where to start ... well, help
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Our expert wine team have been furiously busy on your behalf. They tasted all 2,500
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Welcome to Tasteography
All those flavours that might be mingling in your favourite wine - fruit types, oak (or not),
spice, dryness, body, depth of colour - were scored, rated and ranked by professional tasters.
Next came the boffins, making all those numbers talk to each other. And then out pops the recommendation.
A wine that's one degree of separation away from what you know you like - and so is the next great bottle
It's a fun and risk-free way to expand your horizons - and remember that 100% guarantee of satisfaction too!
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
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