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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.
 
¥7,700 ¥6,420
(¥7,062 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14

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

Producer: Chateau Canon

Serving Temperature(℃): 14

Size: 750ml

It starts with an explosion of fruit, blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries, that then gives way to a spring-like freshness. The nose reveals notes of broom and rosemary, like a walk through a field of flowers and a forest of eucalyptus. On the palate, we find a whole raft of delicate, smooth flavours. The rich texture stretches out leading to a mineral, chalky finish.
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¥10,830 ¥9,030
(¥9,933 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

Varietal: Merlot, Caladoc, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Garnacha

Style: Dry

Grade: I.G.P.

Producer: Gerard Bertrand

Serving Temperature(℃): 16

Size: 750ml

Concentrated, very ripe black fruit -blackberries, black cherries and plums-, grilled spice & toasted oak on the nose. The palate is lush & opulent with velvety tannins & mint accents. The finish is long with a perfect balance.
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¥6,260 ¥5,220
(¥5,742 Including tax)

Country: Spain

Area: Navarra

Varietal: Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Producer: Pago de Cirsus

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-18

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note:   Dark cherry red colour. On the nose complex bouquet combining delicate flo-ral aromas with complex notes of red berries. Palate is silky...
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¥8,070 ¥6,730
(¥7,403 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Clos du Clocher

Size: 750ml

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¥5,970 ¥4,980
(¥5,478 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Rauzan Segla

Size: 750ml

It displays a dark ruby purple color as well as a lovely bouquet of mulberries, black currants, cherries, loamy soil and earth, and a medium-bodied, easygoing, soft finish.
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¥9,590 ¥8,000
(¥8,800 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Napa Valley

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Producer: Secret Indulgence

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-20

Size: 750ml

Deep garnet purple in color, the 2018 Tarot greets with you with light notes of incense and musk on the nose. As it sits in your glass, it opens up with notes of fig, boysenberry and black and blue fruits. Full-bodied and rich with round and finely-grained tannins there is a nice freshness on the long and fragrant finish.
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¥5,800 ¥4,840
(¥5,324 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Chateau Bonalgue

Size: 750ml

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> Pomerol See producer detail: Château Bonalgue
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¥4,140 ¥3,460
(¥3,806 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Medoc

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Bordeaux Superieur

Producer: Chateau Pey La Tour

Size: 750ml

Very dark and concentrated and tinged with crimson. The intense bouquet offers notes of black berry fruits, underscored by an elegant underlayer of oak. Fleshy on the palate, the wine is generous and concentrated, underscored by prominent, silky tannins. Enormous potential for this Pey La Tour Réserve, which culminates in a lengthy, very full-flavoured finish.
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¥2,700 ¥2,260
(¥2,486 Including tax)

Country: Romania

Area: Vanju Mare

Varietal: Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: D.O.C.

Producer: Terase Danubiane

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

Clear, intense ruby-red, bright with purple tints. Nose intense, aromas like well-mellowed forest fruit, prunes, caramel, traces of fine spices. Palate is dry, full, strong and balanced, with round tannins and intense aftertaste.
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¥44,340 ¥37,320
(¥41,052 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Figeac

Size: 750ml

  See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> St.-Emilion See producer detail: Château Figeac
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¥27,540 ¥23,180
(¥25,498 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: Fifth-Growth

Producer: Château Lynch Bages

Size: 750ml

Sophisticated nose of forward toasty oak accompanied by blackcurrant, plum, tobacco, mint and floral nuances. Full-bodied, concentrated it is relatively smooth with a fresh acidity, silky tannins and a long fruity finish.
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¥12,360 ¥10,460
(¥11,506 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Aromatic nose with hints of currants accompanied by vanilla overtones against a background of fresh berry fruit with floral nuances. Medium bodied, it is round, soft and fruity, a well-balanced wine revealing a solid core of juicy ripe fruit and fine ripe tannins.
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