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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.
 
¥102,000
(¥112,200 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

The wine is a medium to deep dark black ruby color. Perfumed nose, it reveals attractive blackcurrant notes wrapped in oak with vanilla, licorice and coffee nuances with a slight floral accent. Full-bodied, multi-layered, it is smooth, fresh and rich. Well balanced, it is firm with fine ripe tannins and a long lingering finish. Youthful, it is elegant, should be good over the next 10 years+.
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¥90,500
(¥99,550 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Premier GRANDS CRUS CLASSES

Producer: Chateau Haut Brion

Size: 750ml

Impressive depth of color, the wine is a deep dark black ruby color. Perfumed and complex nose, it opens in the glass with blackcurrant, oak, liquorice, spice and chocolate undertones. Full-bodied, it is rich vibrant on the palate with a firm yet solid structure. On the palate it reveals additional notes of oak, vanilla and currant fruit, which echo on an impressively long finish. All in all harmonious with its attractive ripe fine tannins, which are lifted by a fresh balanced acidity, which should allow the wine age in an appealing and graceful manner. Another classic but needs time. JKW04/19
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¥5,680 ¥4,980
(¥5,478 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Third-Growth

Producer: Chateau Calon Segur

Size: 750ml

This wine is full of juicy Merlot, ripe with sweet tannins and jammy fruit. It is soft, with the freshness of the year as well as having hints of structure. It is ripe, beautifully fruity and will be ready to drink from 2018
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¥5,700
(¥6,270 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Leognan

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 12.5

Producer: Chateau Carbonnieux

Serving Temperature(℃): 18-19

Size: 750ml

Once our fears about the weather were over, this vintage turned out to be on a par with the great Bordeaux classics, like that of 2008, with fruitiness, structure and length.
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¥11,920
(¥13,112 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Gruaud Larose

Size: 750ml

The nose reveals fresh fruit of raspberries and red currants. Overtones of smoke and tobacco. Smooth yet precise attack. Notes of juicy fruits mingle with spices such as cinnamon. A touch of minerals on a lingering finish.
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¥5,910
(¥6,501 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): -

Grade: -

Producer: Chateau Hostens Picant

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-17

Size: 750ml

This wine is characterized by an intense nose of black cherries and licorice which is lifted by notes of Iris flower. In the mouth, Lucullus is initially soft and smooth. Then, a tight and full tannic structure develops into a complex chalky and licorice finish.
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¥30,600
(¥33,660 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Valandraud

Size: 750ml

This is richly fruited, with waves of fleshy raspberry, boysenberry and red currant cruising through, inlaid with singed vanilla and apple wood notes along the way. Shows density and cut through the finish, with a tug of tobacco at the end.

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¥41,900
(¥46,090 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Chateau L'Evangile

Size: 750ml

Dark, dense colour with beautiful glints of violet. Intense nose revealing stone fruit aromas with light vanilla and roasted notes. Full-bodied and generous on the palate culminating in a silky, smooth finish thanks to the sublime quality of the tannins in this 2018 vintage.
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¥14,600
(¥16,060 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Fourth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby. It has a forward and perfumed nose of berry fruit accompanied by pronounced blackcurrant, cedar and spice nuances. Full-bodied, it is rich round and fresh with a firm integrated structure accompanied by a pronounced yet balanced acidity and a medium finish. Classic Pauillac.
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¥6,120
(¥6,732 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Producer: Chateau Lagrange

Size: 750ml

Impressive, it is a deep dark color.  Attractive blackcurrant notes with earthy overtones on the nose. Full-bodied, it exhibits impressive concentration on the palate and a solid core of fresh fruit backed by firm tannins. Young concentrated and tight. JKW04/19
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¥7,680
(¥8,448 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Moulis

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Chasse Spleen

Size: 750ml

Beautiful intense dark garnet robe, limpid wine. Before stirring: vibrant fruit and spicy notes. After stirring: the blackberry is outstanding and gains in prominence, thanks to light notes of curry behind, with at this stage fine notes of ageing and shortbread biscuit. The attack is fresh and expressive, then the structure of fine tannins or even chalky is very framed but well wrapped by suppleness in the middle of the mouth.
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¥8,880
(¥9,768 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Producer: Chateau Gloria

Size: 750ml

"Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with flamboyant notes of kirsch, black raspberries and cassis, plus hints of potpourri, unsmoked cigars and star anise. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a good amount of juicy black and red fruit flavors, backed up by slightly chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing spicy."   The Wine Advocate.
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