The main grape varietal in Lillet Rouge is Merlot, which gives it an aromatic display of very ripe dark fruits. The mouthfeel is slightly tannic with powerful notes of fresh orange, ripe berries, vanilla and delicate spices with a robust structure. The finish is full but refreshing with lingering fruity notes.
Jean Lillet came from Saint-Morillon in Gironde and moved to Podensac, a small town near Sauternes in the Graves region, in 1680. His descendants Raymond and Paul Lillet, merchants of fine wines, liqueurs and spirits, founded Lillet in 1872. They created Bordeaux’s first and only aperitif, known as Kina Lillet until the 1970s when it became simply Lillet, a blend of Bordeaux wines and handcrafted fruit liqueurs produced in Podensac.