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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.
 
¥3,300 ¥3,200
(¥3,520 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Puglia

Varietal: Negroamaro, Primitivo, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: I.G.T.-アパッシメント

Producer: Progetti Agricoli

Serving Temperature(℃): 18-20

Size: 750ml

Thanks to its characteristic fruity notes, this wine pairs extremely well with roasted meats and savory cheeses.
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¥67,000 ¥65,180
(¥71,698 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion

Size: 750ml

Forward fruity nose, it presents complex aromas with suggestion of cassis, vanilla, cedar and chocolate.  Rich medium to full-bodied yet is has a firm solid, tight structure with fine tannins.  
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¥11,400 ¥11,100
(¥12,210 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Talbot

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep black ruby with firm rim structue. It reveals attractive blackberry and currant notes on the nose. Well balanced, medium-bodied, it is fresh and approachable.
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¥9,480 ¥9,290
(¥10,219 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtess de Lalande

Size: 750ml

Rich berry nose with hints of raspberry and spice accompanied by floral nuances.  Medium-bodied, it is elegant with a solid core of fruit and a balanced acidity.  Nice sweet ripe fruit that lingers on the finish.
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¥11,900 ¥11,730
(¥12,903 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Beau-sejour Becot

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep, it has a good depth of color. Integrated nose, it reveals hints of blackberry, licorice and plum wrapped in toast and oak with sweet currant overtones. Full-bodied, it has good acidity and vibrant fruit with earthy undertones along with a fresh, rich, firm, lingering finish.
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¥11,520 ¥11,490
(¥12,639 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Grade: A.O.C.- Bordeaux

Producer: Clos Dubreuil

Size: 750ml

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> St.-Emilion See producer detail: Clos Dubreuil
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¥11,430
(¥12,573 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Palmer

Size: 750ml

Focused nose, it reveals blackcurrant and spice nuances accompanied by oak overtones. Medium body, it has a solid core of smooth vibrant spicy fruit. It is fresh, well balanced, and elegant with a firm finish.
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¥31,473
(¥34,620 Including tax)

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- France

Producer: Pont des Arts

Size: 750ml

Hints of black fruits such as blackberry and wild strawberries powerful dark chocolate, cocoa and spices. As you taste the wine, you will discover a perfect balance between power, elegance and infinity.
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¥45,491
(¥50,040 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- France

Producer: Pont des Arts

Size: 750ml

Aromatic, rich and crisp, it is by nature delicate, creamy and elegant, with a complex and enduring finish.
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¥43,695
(¥48,064 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- France

Producer: Pont des Arts

Size: 750ml

It is a fresh, elegant and very generous wine, with beautiful aromas of cherry, liquorice and dried plum.
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¥43,695
(¥48,064 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- France

Producer: Pont des Arts

Size: 750ml

It is a fresh, elegant and very generous wine, with beautiful aromas of cherry, liquorice and dried plum.
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¥5,420
(¥5,962 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Listrac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: Cru Bourgeois

Producer: Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Producer2: Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Serving Temperature(℃): 18

Size: 750ml

Super powerful and complex nose, with mature fruit, notes of violets and spicy oak. Palate rich with tight tannins. Freshness and persistent flavours of fruit.
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