Merlot

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
  • Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteristics   

  • Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing fruitiness; lower tannins (so can be enjoyed sooner); lower acidity (ditto, but danger of being soft and flabby); slightly higher alcohol; fruit quality - plums?        

Vinification / Maturation

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. Also takes to oak

Homeland       

The Libournais = right bank in Bordeaux, St. Emilion and Pomerol

  • Enjoys damper, clay soils
  • Usually around 2/3 of blend in right bank wines
  • Summit: Pomerols such as Pétrus and Le Pin

Also to be found in…

  • France: throughout Bordeaux satellites e.g. Cotes de Duras, Bergerac; Languedoc, as Vin de Pays
  • Italy: throughout north, esp. N.E. Can be dilute and dull
  • US:   California and Washington State
  • South Africa: often seem more as a  blending agent
  • New Zealand: some success in North Island

 

 

Our Merlot Wies…

Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2016

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Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2016

90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot given two years in oak, approximately one third in each of large...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV14.50%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAK216

GrapeSangiovese & Merlot

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Chateau Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2016

 From one 4.8 hectare plot with thin soils over limestone, among the highest in the...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC416

GrapeMerlot

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018
Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018

A blend of 55% Blaufränkisch and 45% Merlot, given 20 months in old oak, a joyous drink. The...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeART318

GrapeBlaufrankisch & Merlot

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Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

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Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

Gruff M. Perromat’s top wine, from about 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBDU616

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot

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Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2018

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Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2018

Charmingly labelled wine - which we have shipped many times before. It's a blend of 60%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePLA118

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

Frédéric Borderie's principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rose, 2020

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rose, 2020

This is subtle and elegant, light and refreshing. It's a wine for those who like their...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRosé

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC520

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, handled by top consultant Stéphane...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEA116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Deyrem Valentin, Margaux, 2016

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Château Deyrem Valentin, Margaux, 2016

50% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus 1% of Petit Verdot, with about 35% new barrels: a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeDEY116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot

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Los Seduras, Merlot, Valle Central, Chile, 2019

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Los Seduras, Merlot, Valle Central, Chile, 2019

Supple, pretty and very easy-drinking Chilean Merlot. What's not to like? Now-2021

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginChile

RegionValle Central

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeSED619

GrapeMerlot

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Comtesse Marion, Merlot, L'Envolee, Pays d'Oc IGP, 2019

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Comtesse Marion, Merlot, L'Envolee, Pays d'Oc IGP, 2019

A taller bottle and a smarter label have increased sales of this well balanced example. It...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeVIC319

GrapeMerlot

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Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Saint-Guilhem-Le-Desert, 2019

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Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Saint-Guilhem-Le-Desert, 2019

This is from organically farmed (and certified) vines up in the wild hills at Puechabon,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeMAB119

GrapeMourvedre, Merlot & Syrah

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2020

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2020

A lively and pure rosé from the south-west, from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc....

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAL520

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, 2020

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, 2020

This is a light, deliriously purple-hued wine which one could easily serve lightly chilled with...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAL620

GrapeTannat, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Chateau Les Pelerins, Pomerol, 2014

Named as on an old pilgrim route, Pelerins, owned by Josette et Nobert Egreteau, is a tiny 3.5...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEL114

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Pierre de Montignac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2016

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Château Pierre de Montignac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2016

A Cru Bourgeois from a top red Bordeaux vintage usually offers excellent value - and this long...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePDM116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot

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Chateau du Glana, Saint-Julien, 2016

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Chateau du Glana, Saint-Julien, 2016

56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot, given 12 months in oak, 40% new: suave and already...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGLA116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

A beautiful Bordeaux blend given ageing in plenty of new barrels, 40% Cabernet Franc, 35%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI416

GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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La Guérinière, Saint-Emilion 2018

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La Guérinière, Saint-Emilion 2018

90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from the sandy soils of Saint-Pey-d'Armens and...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUE118

GrapeMerlot

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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

This stood out in a blind tasting of reasonably priced 2018s: for aclean, red-fruited scent;...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeRIV118

GrapeMerlot

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Château Les Cabannes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2016

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Château Les Cabannes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2016

Cabannes is a tiny 5 hectare estate bought by Canadian Peter Kjeilberg in 1997, now planted to...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAB216

GrapeMerlot

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Château Les Anguilleys, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2015

"Cru bourgeois from Begadan. 40-year-old vines grown by Ch Vieux Robin.Bright garnet....

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeANG115

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Château Haut-Bellevue, Moulis, 2016

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Château Haut-Bellevue, Moulis, 2016

From a tiny 2 hectare parcel owned by Alain Roses: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 10%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionMoulis

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAU116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot

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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

La Rocaille refers to pebbles (or shells) - and the 18th century decorative style of the...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROC116

GrapeMerlot

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

From a vineyard with a high clay content which suits Merlot. It’s always made in a slightly...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV419

GrapeMerlot

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

The Melet family has owned Château Beauséjour in Fronsac for five generations. Since 2011,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeBEA915

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

From 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a selection of older vines on prime gravel and...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC316

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

Cedary aroma; and then a burst of intense red fruit - raspberry coulis. Silky, and so fine,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeGRC916

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Château Rocher Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2016

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Château Rocher Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2016

90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, grown on thinly-soiled, argilo-calcaire slopes, into 30% new...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROG116

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2015

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MAGNUM Vieux Chantecaille, Saint-Emilion 2015

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, into 50% new oak. Mickael Moze-Berthon has only 1º hectares...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle150cl

CodeVCH915

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Franc

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot,  Margaret River, 2019

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River, 2019

Blackcurrant, plum and cherry with a hint of spice. This is a polished and smooth take on the...

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Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionMargaret River

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAP219

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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