The Whisky Exchange
Aged: No age statement
Product of: France
Originally created in 1965, Lillet Rouge is based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Like Lillet Blanc, this is aged in Yugoslav oak casks for a year before bottling. Between 1990 and 1993, Lillet Rouge was reformulated with higher-quality base wines to produce a more complex flavour.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 01/10/2020
Clear, burgundy red.
Mildly oaky Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wine notes jump out the glass with delicate quinine.
Wine and oak tannins, and lightly bitter quinine beautiful dry rich grape fruitiness with subtle black pepper spice adding frisson.
Red wine tannins and leathery oak.
If you like a fruit-led wine balanced by heavy tannins and fancy a tad more alcoholic kick then this is the aperitif for you. (And me!)