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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.
 
¥30,660
(¥33,726 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

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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¥27,770
(¥30,547 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau Cheval Blanc

Size: 750ml

Medium depth of color. A delicate nose with hints of raspberry along with floral nuances. Medium-bodied, it is smooth with a good concentration of rich ripe fruit and a long lingering finish.
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¥29,980
(¥32,978 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Forward fruity nose with oak, cedar and vanilla nuances. Medium body, it has good depth and intensity, is soft, opulent and fruity with a firm tannin structure. Fresh with a balanced acidity, is elegant with a long firm finish.
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¥5,100
(¥5,610 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Chateau de Rochemorin

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

The wine starts off quite smooth and fruity on the palate with hints of spice, tobacco, and even some tar on the aftertaste. Great balance, velvety, tannic structure and richness typical of the great wines of Pessac-Léognan.
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¥29,940
(¥32,934 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau Cheval Blanc

Size: 750ml

The wine reveals a medium to deep color. Smooth with a good concentration of fruit accompanied by subtle raspberry, mint, floral and oak nuances. Medium body it is firm, yet elegant harmonious and well balanced.
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¥6,350
(¥6,985 Including tax)

Country: Chile

Area: Cachapoal

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14

Producer: VIK Winery

Serving Temperature(℃): 16

Size: 750ml

In the premim wine category, Milla Cala is definetely a "best value"excelent quality, majority Cabernet Sauvignon but soft and elegant tanins a touch of oak.
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¥25,380
(¥27,918 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fifth-Growth

Size: 375ml

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¥25,660
(¥28,226 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Chateau Haut Bailly

Size: 750ml

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¥24,920
(¥27,412 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Montrose

Size: 750ml

Forward perfumed nose exhibiting hints of blackcurrant, blackberry and oak on the nose. On the palate a sold core of refined berry fruit wrapped in wood, augmented by a fresh acidity. A benchmark wine for the region.
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¥3,460
(¥3,806 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California

Varietal: Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.1

Producer: Story Ridge Vineyards

Serving Temperature(℃): 14-18

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note This wine is a deep ruby color with fruit and spice characteristics. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and caramel. Juicy flavors of plum,...
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¥24,800
(¥27,280 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau La Mondotte

Size: 750ml

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> St.-Emilion See producer detail: Château La Mondotte
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¥5,330
(¥5,863 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Marsau

Serving Temperature(℃): 16

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note More burgundian than usual in its style, Marsau 2013 displays copious notes of fresh fruits evolving into mineral. A palate of surprising...
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