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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.
 
¥93,280 ¥88,620
(¥97,482 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Petit Verdot, 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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¥115,900 ¥110,110
(¥121,121 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Size: 750ml

It has a refined and elegant nose with hints of mint, blackcurrant, cedar and tobacco. Lots of fruit wrapped in oak with additional spice nuances, which linger on an impressive long, persistent finish. Seamless, all elegance and style, a true classic!
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¥38,440 ¥36,520
(¥40,172 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion

Size: 750ml

Impressive color. Aromatic nose with hints of toast, black currant and spice. Full-bodied, well balanced it is smooth and velvety with good weight and concentratio with rich ripe fruit and firm integrated tannins on a long finish.
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¥45,450 ¥43,180
(¥47,498 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Pavillon Rouge 1989 possesses all the qualities of this outstanding vintage : concentration, richness and roundness. It is very enjoyable to drink now, but it can of course be kept for a few more years.
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¥42,900 ¥40,760
(¥44,836 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Pavillon Rouge 1988 possesses a classic balance, with a fine tannic structure and a lot of elegance. Ageing in bottle has given it the smoothness it lacked when it was young. It is ready to drink now and we probably cannot expect it to improve much more (October 2018)
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¥20,100 ¥19,100
(¥21,010 Including tax)

Country: Chile

Area: Maipo Valley

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

Style: Dry

Producer: Almaviva

Size: 750ml

Dense and full-bodied, the wine fills the mouth with round, ripe and refined tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance and persistence. Produced from an extremely warm, but superb vintage, this well-structured wine of balanced acidity strikes a wonderful combination of elegance and power, with a very promising long aging potential. 
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¥3,120 ¥2,970
(¥3,267 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Toscana/Maremma

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14

Grade: D.O.P.

Producer: Conte Ottavio Piccolomini

Serving Temperature(℃): 18

Size: 750ml

A fruity light red wine with soft, and delicate tannins.
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¥67,000 ¥63,900
(¥70,290 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

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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¥3,050 ¥2,910
(¥3,201 Including tax)

Country: Slovenia

Area: Vipavska dolina

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 12.5

Producer: Vipava 1894 d.o.o.

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-18

Size: 750ml

A perfect wine for blend lovers, alternative of Bordeaux, powerful finish, cassis and spice impression remain long in aftertaste.
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¥9,480 ¥9,100
(¥10,010 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

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 ¥11,500
(¥12,650 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

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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¥243,510 ¥243,470
(¥267,817 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Perfumed nose with berry fruit, raspberry and mineral nuances. Medium body, good weight & concentration with pronounced fruit flavors. Fine silky tannins, it is well balanced with a solid core of fruit & fresh acidity.
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