Merlot

Merlot

Merlot is commonly used in Cabernet Sauvignon blends, as it is not very tannic and has a mid-palate weight, nicely contrasting the heavy tannin and doughnut-like palate structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. It also grows in similar conditions to Cabernet Sauvignon, thus making them perfect partners.

By itself, Merlot can produce rich, juicy, fruit-driven wines, but is also prone to over-cropping, which can led to dull wines. Vineyard location and maintenance is important in making the most of this variety.

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    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A bright and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A bright and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Ripe fruit aromas, particularly cherry and plum. Elegant, fruity, supple mouth. Round tannins and a smooth finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Ripe fruit aromas, particularly cherry and plum. Elegant, fruity, supple mouth. Round tannins and a smooth finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • New Zealand
    • Hawke's Bay
    This superb Bordeaux blend from the New World rivals that of the best of France with 21 months in French oak. It creates a balanced and complex style ... Read More
    • Origin
    • New Zealand
    • Hawke's Bay
    This superb Bordeaux blend from the New World rivals that of the best of France with 21 months in French oak. It creates a balanced and complex style ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    Overture displays a vibrant garnet color with expressive aromas of fresh red fruits. Notes of bright cherry and red currant are underpinned by more ea... Read More
    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    Overture displays a vibrant garnet color with expressive aromas of fresh red fruits. Notes of bright cherry and red currant are underpinned by more ea... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    Brooding and intense, it has a deep, rich ruby crimson colour in the glass. Aromas of red berry, black cherry and plum are followed by notes of bay le... Read More
    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    Brooding and intense, it has a deep, rich ruby crimson colour in the glass. Aromas of red berry, black cherry and plum are followed by notes of bay le... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    Derived from premier vineyards in Pauillac, three out of the initial five classified growths of 1855 hail from this renowned appellation, nestled on t... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    Derived from premier vineyards in Pauillac, three out of the initial five classified growths of 1855 hail from this renowned appellation, nestled on t... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    The epitome of sophistication and elegance in a wine. This gorgeous red from the Napa Valley is bursting with floral notes of violet, lavender and ros... Read More
    • Origin
    • USA
    • California
    • Napa Valley
    The epitome of sophistication and elegance in a wine. This gorgeous red from the Napa Valley is bursting with floral notes of violet, lavender and ros... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    A stunning, full-bodied expansive beauty of a wine, it is quintessentially Margaux with a Pomerol-like richness. It is silky and gorgeous with unbelie... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    A stunning, full-bodied expansive beauty of a wine, it is quintessentially Margaux with a Pomerol-like richness. It is silky and gorgeous with unbelie... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    Deliciously fresh and fragrant, this is a very powerful wine with remarkable structure, beautiful tannins and lovely texture. Intense, Christmas cake ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    Deliciously fresh and fragrant, this is a very powerful wine with remarkable structure, beautiful tannins and lovely texture. Intense, Christmas cake ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Paarl
    Exudes rich layers of fresh fruit on the nose: black raspberry, fresh strawberry, plum and blackcurrant. Undertones of star anise, nutmeg and fragrant... Read More
    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Paarl
    Exudes rich layers of fresh fruit on the nose: black raspberry, fresh strawberry, plum and blackcurrant. Undertones of star anise, nutmeg and fragrant... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Paarl
    Showcasing a pure, extraordinary perfume of sweet red fruit: recurrant, fresh cranberry and red raspberry. Layers of black and blue fruit unfold; blac... Read More
    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Paarl
    Showcasing a pure, extraordinary perfume of sweet red fruit: recurrant, fresh cranberry and red raspberry. Layers of black and blue fruit unfold; blac... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Romania
    • Banat
    This Pinot Noir presents a notable departure from the norm. Its juicy fruitiness, reminiscent of grapes and cherries, is accompanied by subtle hints o... Read More
    • Origin
    • Romania
    • Banat
    This Pinot Noir presents a notable departure from the norm. Its juicy fruitiness, reminiscent of grapes and cherries, is accompanied by subtle hints o... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    A soft wine with attractive berry fruits, smoky acidity and sweet juicy flavours. The tannins are well integrated with acidity pushing through. The fi... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    A soft wine with attractive berry fruits, smoky acidity and sweet juicy flavours. The tannins are well integrated with acidity pushing through. The fi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A beautiful and intense claret with red fruits, vanilla and spice on the nose which follow through to the full bodied palate that has a wonderful rich... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A beautiful and intense claret with red fruits, vanilla and spice on the nose which follow through to the full bodied palate that has a wonderful rich... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A brilliant wine with an intense nose of undergrowth, blackberries and blackcurrants. Smooth and elegant on the palate with notes of ripe black fruits... Read More
    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A brilliant wine with an intense nose of undergrowth, blackberries and blackcurrants. Smooth and elegant on the palate with notes of ripe black fruits... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    Rich, muscular and complex with layered aromas of elegant damson, eucalyptus and brooding black fruits. Silky Pomerol tannins lead to a long and sumpt... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    Rich, muscular and complex with layered aromas of elegant damson, eucalyptus and brooding black fruits. Silky Pomerol tannins lead to a long and sumpt... Read More
    Single 75cl bottle
    £294.98 £245.82
    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A vibrant bouquet of red berries leads to a rainbow of flavours in this charming everyday drinking velvety smooth red wine. Read More
    • Origin
    • South of France
    • Pays D'oc
    A vibrant bouquet of red berries leads to a rainbow of flavours in this charming everyday drinking velvety smooth red wine. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A beautiful deep garnet with an evocative nose exhibiting red berried fruit and dark chocolate. It is soft and round which gives a mouth filling palat... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A beautiful deep garnet with an evocative nose exhibiting red berried fruit and dark chocolate. It is soft and round which gives a mouth filling palat... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Saint-Émilion
    A concentrated blend of ripe blackberries and cherries, accented by subtle hints of cedar and vanilla. Its velvety texture caresses the palate, suppor... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Saint-Émilion
    A concentrated blend of ripe blackberries and cherries, accented by subtle hints of cedar and vanilla. Its velvety texture caresses the palate, suppor... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Packed with strawberry flavour, this is an excellent rosé from Chile and priced to suit all budgets, ideal for the summer BBQ season. Read More
    • Origin
    • Chile
    • Central Valley
    Packed with strawberry flavour, this is an excellent rosé from Chile and priced to suit all budgets, ideal for the summer BBQ season. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Righ Bank
    • Saint-Emilion
    A refined and elegant Claret with notes of ripe black fruit with hints of woodiness, all that you would expect from this region. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Righ Bank
    • Saint-Emilion
    A refined and elegant Claret with notes of ripe black fruit with hints of woodiness, all that you would expect from this region. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    A rich Claret that has an aromatic nose of fresh fruit and black berries with a hint of toast. It is structed with an elegance and balance that reveal... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    A rich Claret that has an aromatic nose of fresh fruit and black berries with a hint of toast. It is structed with an elegance and balance that reveal... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A well-made wine with sweet berry and dark chocolate notes. Rich and balanced with hints of soft prune and ripe plum. No sulphur was added to this win... Read More
    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A well-made wine with sweet berry and dark chocolate notes. Rich and balanced with hints of soft prune and ripe plum. No sulphur was added to this win... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A full to medium-bodied red bursting with delicious red berry fruits. Soft yet firm in the mouth with a perfectly balanced finish. Delicious! Read More
    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A full to medium-bodied red bursting with delicious red berry fruits. Soft yet firm in the mouth with a perfectly balanced finish. Delicious! Read More
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Key Countries and Regions

Merlot is the backbone grape in many Bordeaux wines, and is the dominant grape in the blends of St-Emilion and Pomerol. It is the basic ingredient of some of the most sought-after wines in the world (those hailing from Chateux Petrus, Le Pin and Clinet). Merlot also plays a major role in the New World wines from America (California and Washington State), Chile, Italy (Tuscany), Australia (Margaret River) and New Zealand (Hawkes Bay).

Common Flavours and Ageing

The most prevalent flavours include fruits like cherry, black olive, mulberry and raspberry (even fruitcake); root vegetables like beetroot and rhubarb and natural flavours such as earth, violet and a leaf-like taste. The texture is juicy, velvety, rounded and smooth, being medium-bodied and well-balanced. It can be drunk when young due to its supple and plump character; at such an age, it is very deep in colour, often near-black with purple hints. As it ages, it becomes closer to a garnet-red, and the richer flavours of leather, caramel, bacon, truffle and coffee materialise.

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