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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.
 
¥3,480 ¥3,140
(¥3,454 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Size: 750ml

The highly rated  Parcelles   was developed alongside Stéphane Derenoncourt (one of the top 1o winemakers in the world according to the Financial...
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¥3,710 ¥3,350
(¥3,685 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Bordeaux

Producer: Dourthe

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-18

Size: 750ml

Great, deep garnet color. Combined with a rich scent of red and black berries, faint oak and spicy hints. At first, the soft flavor increases in volume rapidly and is supported by beautiful mellow tannins, delicious and fresh with fruitiness. Overall balance is a long lingering fragrance, beautifully integrated and with moderate aftertaste.
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¥11,850 ¥10,780
(¥11,858 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Domaine de Chevalier

Size: 750ml

It exhibits a polished, forward nose, with hints of currant, cedar, chocolate and olives.  Medium-bodied, it is fresh, smooth, round with a solid core of rich fruit backed by a solid tannin structure and a long lingering finish.
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¥11,280 ¥10,610
(¥11,671 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

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

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Slightly closed nose with hints of currants and cherries accompanied by spice overtones against a background of fresh berry fruit with mineral nuances. Full-bodied, it is round, soft and fruity, a well-balanced wine revealing a solid core of juicy fresh ripe fruit and oak. Well crafted it is further complimented by a long lingering finish unveiling further vanilla notes.
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¥11,520 ¥10,890
(¥11,979 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Third-Growth

Producer: Chateau Malescot St. Exupery

Size: 750ml

Forward aromatic nose with plum, tobacco, coffee and smoky nuances.  Medium-bodied, well balanced it is smooth and compact on the palate, with a solid core of ripe fruit backed by fine tannins, with toasty notes on a silky finish.
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¥28,900 ¥27,460
(¥30,206 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

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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¥3,120 ¥2,970
(¥3,267 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Sicilia

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Style: Medium Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: IGT

Serving Temperature(℃): 18

Size: 750ml

Pratoberra is produced with the "Appassimento" method, a tecnique, whereby grapes are left to dry naturally on the vines, giving life to a full-bodied wine, with notes of spices and ripe red fruit and a long lasting round finish.
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¥3,240 ¥3,090
(¥3,399 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Puglia

Varietal: Merlot, Negroamaro, Malvasia

Style: Medium Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: I.G.T.

Producer: CASA VINICOLA BOTTER CARLO & C.SPA

Serving Temperature(℃): 18-20

Size: 750ml

Intense purple colour, tending to amber with ageing. Full and persistent on the nose. Full-bodied and well balanced on the palate, this wine has a perfect balance between soft tannins and acidity.

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¥62,900 ¥60,080
(¥66,088 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

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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¥33,900 ¥32,460
(¥35,706 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.- Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Latour

Size: 750ml

The wine is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue and a firm rim structure. Complex nose with hints of cedar accompanied by subtle raspberry, spice and oak undertones. Medium bodied, the wine is rich, round, fresh and elegant with a firm yet integrated structure. Well balanced with a medium finish.
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¥3,600 ¥3,470
(¥3,817 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Bordeaux

Producer: Chateau Mont Perat

Size: 750ml

A soft and juicy young wine with pretty, bright fruit and a vivid finish. 
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¥92,470 ¥89,460
(¥98,406 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

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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