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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
    • France
    • Bordaux
    A classic blend from the region of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Soft purple hue with light aromas of cheery, blackcurrent and hints of vanilla. A lovley... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Pomerol
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    In colour, this is deep purple-red, the aromas being open, very ripe and freshly complex. The wines, which exhibit a luscious structure, are delicate ... Read More
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    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Graves
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    • Origin
    • France
    Lots of black fruit flavour here with black cherry most detectable. The fruit is supported by supple tannins that make for a medium bodied wine that i... Read More
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    A well structured wine with firm tannins and a distinctive black fruit character. Drinking well now but will develop favourably over the next 5-10 yea... Read More
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    • Origin
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    The high Merlot content of this wine aids its soft and approachable character. Plummy fruit, with hints of darker berry are well balanced by supple ta... Read More
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    • Origin
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    A Powerfull, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine whose blackcurrant and blackberry dominated palate gives way to a subtly spicy finish. Read More
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    • Argentina
    A Bordeaux inspired blend, ripe blackberry fruit, damson and warming spice with subtle flavours of pencil lead, dark chocolate, cardamom and black pep... Read More
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    • Origin
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    An expertly blended red wine madue using traditional Bordeaux varieties that is fruity full bodied and rich. Read More
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    A wine with generous depth, complexity, and a seductive richness on both the nose and palate. This is a Merlot dominated wine with a fresh dark berry ... Read More
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    A wine with generous depth, complexity, and a seductive richness on both the nose and palate. This is a Merlot dominated wine with a fresh dark berry ... Read More
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    Medium to full-bodied, supple textured, layered, rich, and long. This marks the renaissance of this fifth-growth Pauillac that is displaying strong si... Read More
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    This is a soft well made wine. This wine has a wonderfully fruity aroma of dried prunes and raisins, firm on the palate with a long slightly drying fi... Read More
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    • Origin
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    Red berry aromas fill the nose and carry through to a delightful soft palate. Medium bodied with great balance, the finish is silky smooth. Read More
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    • South Africa
    Soft and plummy with luxurious velvety tannins and a long finish.  Read More
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    A classic rich and well balanced Bordeaux Superiore with a plum fruit character and a soft, refined mouth feel. Read More
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    Sourced from fruit near the town of Le Réole, this lovely example of an everyday claret has great depth of colour good juicy cassis fruits. Read More
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    An attractive deep colour with a great aroma of deep red berry fruits. Firm on the palate with great length and persistence on the finish. Read More
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    Good bright colour, with attractive, floral aromas. There is a ripe start on the palate with elegant fruit and a fine scented texture. With silky tann... Read More
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    Medium to full-bodied, supple textured, layered, rich, and long. This marks the renaissance of this fifth-growth Pauillac that is displaying strong si... Read More
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    Garnet red in colour with expressive autumn red fruits on the mouth. Secondary wood smoke and a dry minerality come through before the finish develops... Read More
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    A fresh and vibrant wine that is dominated by summer fruit and plum courtesy of a high Merlot content.  A traditional Pomerol with superb depth a... Read More
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    This Cabernet Sauvignon dominated red is surprisingly soft for a left bank Bordeaux and shows expressive red fruits which are supported by dark chocol... Read More
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    An interesting nose of red fruit, dark cherries and smoke is joined by leather and black fruit on the palate. The tannins are still quite supple and m... 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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