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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.
 
¥6,090
(¥6,699 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.- Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron

Serving Temperature(℃): 18

Size: 750ml

Les Tourelles de Longueville embodies the charm of the estate. It is alluring, voluptuous, and a delight for the senses. It is an introduction to the Pichon Baron spirit.
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¥26,380
(¥29,018 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.8

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Deep, dark, black ruby with hints of currant and mineral accents on the nose. The wine has a solid core of integrated fresh fruit and wood. Medium-bodied, well balanced, all the parts are nicely integrated, though with a firm finish that will warrant aging. Powerful yet elegant. Impressive!
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¥162,220
(¥178,442 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Ausone

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note:  Impressive color it was an intense deep dark black ruby. It has a sophisticated and complex nose. Integrated with hints of graphite,...
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¥157,110
(¥172,821 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Ausone

Size: 750ml

Incredible color, complex nose of graphite, violet, oak, vanilla and toast. Full-bodied, rich with a solid core of fresh fruit backed by firm ripe tannins. Well crafted with the fruit, smoothing out the tannins anda long finish.
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¥12,100
(¥13,310 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

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

Producer: Chateau Clos Fourtet

Size: 750ml

This dark wine evokes a wide range of fruit: cherry red and mature wild, enhanced by the violet and a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, expressesive in the mouth with great purity andfine tannins. The finish is smooth and fresh.
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¥16,440
(¥18,084 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Canon

Size: 750ml

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¥18,090
(¥19,899 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Canon

Size: 750ml

Fruity nose revealing hints of blackcurrant and cherries with vanilla and spice undertones.  Medium-bodied, balanced fruity, and elegant yet with good weight and concentration accompanied by firm tannins. 
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¥96,790
(¥106,469 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Delicate and perfumed nose, with seductive blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and mineral nuances. Medium-bodied, it exhibits good weight and concentration with pronounced fruit flavors, a fresh acidity and a smooth and elegant finish
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¥100,400
(¥110,440 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Ausone

Size: 750ml

Aromatic integrated nose of black currant and plum accompanied by oak overtones. Full-bodied, yet elegant it exhibits solid core of ripe currant fruit. Very firm rich wine, that has a long finish and is built to age.
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¥16,060
(¥17,666 Including tax)

Country: Chile

Area: Colchagua Valley

Varietal: Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 15

Producer: Clos Apalta

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

Deep ruby red color with purple edges. On the nose complex, opening towards ripe black fruit such as cassis, balckberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes. In the mouth intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors. Long lasting velvety tannins. Intense and elegant finish.
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¥14,380
(¥15,818 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Rauzan Segla

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep color, subtle hints of blackcurrant, plum and spice with violet accents. It has a solid core of fresh ripe fruit, a balanced acidity and a long lingering finish with enough fruit to counterbalance the youthful tannins.
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¥101,230
(¥111,353 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

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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