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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
    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
    A soft, yet deceptively complex Merlot from the south of France. Fresh plum and cassis give way to a hint of violets on the finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Southern France
    • Languedoc-Roussillon
    A bright and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    A seductive red with bundles of plummy fruit flavour. Open notes of raspberry jam and soft mild spice combine on a soft finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Barossa
    The nose displays hints of stewed plums, perfumed violets, cinnamonand cassis. The palate is ripe with intense sweet concentrated fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Saint-Emilion
    Full, fruity attack on the first taste. Full-bodied with a pronounced nose of plums and hints of spices. The finish is long and shows just a touch of ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A bold, elegant wine which offers an intense, fresh bouquet with a hint of spice, red fruits and cherry. Balanced by well structured tannins on the pa... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    An expressive and impressive wine with a character of fruits of the forrest, casis and jammy spiced notes. Round and sucullent with great depth and ba... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Medoc
    A powerful Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine with a palate full of blackcurrants and blackberries that gives way to a subtly spicy finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A wine which shows beautiful balance between flavors and expressive aromas. Fine tannins coat the palate, highlighted on the finish by a persistent to... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    This Merlot led Claret has succulent jammy notes with hints of blackberry and dried red fruits. Soft and long on the finish, accomanied with integrate... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Saint-Emilion
    A glorious, elegant red displaying sweet red cherry and raspberry that give the wine brightness and lift. The aromatics are intriguing, complex and in... 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
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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
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    • Northern
    • Veneto
    An intense bouquet of spice and ripe dark fruit leads onto a well-rounded palate with an rich, persistent finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • New Zealand
    • Hawkes Bay
    A vibrant red from made from fruit from Hawkes Bay. Frgrant and livey aroma of plums and stewed fruits witha  firm structure and sweet juicy 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 balaced and complex style of... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A full to medium bodied red bursting with delcious red berry fruits. Soft yet firm in the mouth with a perferctly balanced finish. Delcious! 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
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    • Origin
    • Spain
    Deep purple in colour, with dark fruits and spices on the nose and palate, and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Spain
    • Ribera del Duero
    Regarded as Spain's 'First Growth', this is a truley amazing and highly sought after wine.  Savoury with rich black berries fruits swith a soft and s... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Bulgaria
    • Thracian Lowlands
    A velvety, soft and fruity Merlot with flavours of plummy fruit, red berries and hints of spices. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    Since the arrival of Philippe Dallhuin in 2003, Mouton has stepped up a level. Grapes are selected only from the heart of the original vineyard site. ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Deep red in colour, this is a well-judged blend of Merlot's soft fruit and Tannat's structure, making it a full and juicy wine of repute. 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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