M-R is a new bottling from Haut-Segottes in Saint Emilion. The �M-R��a nod to the longstanding partnership between the Meunier and Rosenthal families�comes from a recently acquired 1.5-hectare parcel of sandy clay-limestone in the nearby commune of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, planted to a very similar blend as the classic Haut-Segottes: 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. Instead of folding it into the flagship Saint-Emilion�a viable option given the vineyard�s location within appellation confines�Camille and Danielle decided to produce something more playful and youthfully accessible to complement their existing range. Thus, �M-R� underwent a straightforward fermentation and aging in stainless steel, and is labeled simply as a Vin de France.
Despite its gentler extraction and its overall breezier personality, �M-R� still offers a depth of fruit and a mineral snap that underline its origin in a great terroir. Aromas are lifted and muskily floral, underpinned by black, plummy fruit and shot through with a savory streak. The palate echoes the luscious black fruit, with finely rendered but present tannins which impart notable freshness on the long and graceful finish. �M-R��an exclusive bottling for the US market�is a charming iteration of the Haut-Segottes house style.