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Merlot

 
MERLOT
 
A classic variety, it partners Cabernet as the top variety and is also responsible for some of the most profound and priciest wines.
 
Next in importance to the Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, where it is useful in bringing lusciousness of fruit and a velvet like quality to the finish of wines which could otherwise be hard and austere. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon it reduces the aging requirement of the former. While it is blended in the New world countries it is more commonly produced as a single variety.
 
Synonyms: Merleau, Bigney, Crabutet noir, Medoc noir, Petit merle, Vitraille, Semillion Rouge (Medoc ), Vitraille (Blanquefort), Bigney (Graves and Cadillac)
 


Characteristics

 
It has loose to compact cylindrical bunches which are small and sometimes winged. The berries are round, medium size and bluish-black and are larger and thinner skinned than the Cabernet Sauvignon berries. It is a high yielding variety, and ripens early. In the Bordeaux and other cool areas it is prone to coulure (failure of flowers to set) and rot.
 
As a variety it is capable of producing wines which are less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon and hence faster aging. But at the same time with a deep color, and capable of great richness, though lacking a certain complexity of taste and backbone.
 
The wines are often identified with as having a Cabernet Sauvignon like aroma with perhaps more specific aromas such as green olive, mint, honeyed blackcurrant or plum.
 


Food Recommendations

 
As a result of the rich round fruit character of the variety it can compete with spicier game or pair with birds such as pheasant or strongly herbed terrines. The sweet-fruit edge characteristic of the variety would also allow it to go with dishes with slightly sweet sauce like wine with dried fruits sauce or oyster sauce.
 
¥24,700
(¥27,170 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Montrose

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep dark ruby red with a purple hue on the edges.  Slightly closed on the nose revealing subtle blackcurrant and berry nuances accompanied by cedar accents as the wine opens in glass.  Medium-bodied, it has a solid core of refined berry fruit wrapped in wood, with a firm finish lingering finish.
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¥62,900 ¥51,900
(¥57,090 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Angelus

Size: 750ml

Opaque black ruby color.  Rich, forward and aromatic nose with hints of raspberry, currants, coffee and toast with a touch of oak.  Medium-bodied, it has a solid core of ripe fruit and integrated oak.  Firm ripe velvety tannins lay down the foundation for a wine with good ageing potential. 
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¥10,490
(¥11,539 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Figeac

Size: 750ml

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¥62,900 ¥51,900
(¥57,090 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Pavie

Size: 750ml

Deep dark opaque black ruby color with a youthful purple hue on the edge. Forward, aromatic and sophisticated nose of integrated berry fruit, plum, coffee, oak and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich with a fresh acidity. Well structured, exotic spices and tannins with attractive mineral and black currant undertones. Fresh with ripe velvety tannins.
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¥29,700 ¥26,900
(¥29,590 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Producer: Chateau Figeac

Size: 750ml

The wine is a medium to deep dark black ruby color. It has a forward nose of oak with blackberry, raspberry, chocolate and floral nuances.Full-bodied, harmonious it has good weight and concentration, yet is smooth, supple and fresh with delicate flavors.
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¥98,200 ¥89,000
(¥97,900 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Cheval Blanc

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep color with purple highlights.  Evolves slowly on the nose with hints of blackcurrant, plum and floral notes accompanied by spice accents.  Full-bodied, it is round, smooth, elegant with a good concentration of fruit, a pleasant texture and a hint of vanilla on a long lingering finish. 
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¥8,280 ¥7,160
(¥7,876 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- St.-Estephe

Producer: Chateau Montrose

Size: 750ml

Deep dark ruby red with a purple hue on the edges. Perfumed nose with hints of blackberry, vanilla and oak. Medium-bodied, it is fresh, well balanced with good weight and concentration, firm tannins and a smooth integrated finish.
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¥28,900 ¥20,900
(¥22,990 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Valandraud

Size: 750ml

On the nose it reveals hints of cherries and currants accompanied by subtle spicy overtones with a slight floral accent.  Medium-bodied it has a solid core of fruit, despite it firm tannin structure is soft and smooth with a solid finish.
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¥15,900 ¥14,900
(¥16,390 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Size: 750ml

Deep dark color, on the nose it reveals attractive black currant notes with subtle smoky nuances. Medium to full the wine is elegant and charming with a solid core of fruit and a soft, smooth, firm finish.
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¥92,350 ¥66,000
(¥72,600 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

The refined and elegant nose reveals fruity wild blackberry, toast, liquorice tobacco Fresh, full-bodied and balanced, on the palate is very full, rich in ripe fruit and peppery spice flavours. An exceptionally long finish.
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¥37,320
(¥41,052 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Impressive color.  Deep dark black ruby with hints of currant and oak on the nose.  The wine has a solid core of integrated fruit and wood.  Medium-bodied, it is well balanced, smooth, fresh and integrated though with a firm finish that will warrant aging.
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¥8,280
(¥9,108 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Size: 750ml

Extremely rich and precise without being excessive, revealing bright fruit and a dense and complex raw material. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives it an exceptional acidity/ alcohol balance that is an indication of a great vintage.
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