This one had me excited. A French red – the French know their wines, and I love a good merlot.
I was fascinated to see how Pierre Chavin would recreate the delicious warm palate of a merlot in the zero alcohol form. Get this one right, and it could be a game-changer for me.
Sadly it wasn’t to be. The nose and palate were somewhere between wine gums and Ribena – neither of these are particularly attractive in a wine and it really failed to deliver. The overall impression was artificial and unpleasant. So much so that the bottle was unfinished (although some of it proved adequate in a bolognese sauce).
Pierre Zéro Merlot is 79% de-alcoholized wine, topped up with 20% merlot juice and then “natural aromas.” I can’t help but wonder if that’s not some of the same flavours used in wine gums.
A rather empty and artificial flavour, akin to wine gums
Where to Find
Available through Mirage Wines online shop for around $15 a bottle.
Wine gums are available at most dairies/supermarkets for a lot less