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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.
 
¥4,190
(¥4,609 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California

Varietal: Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Producer: Menage a Trois

Serving Temperature(℃): 16

Size: 750ml

Garnet color, blackberry and plum flavors with hints of mocha and exotic spic. Silky and smooth with a long, powerful finish.

 

 
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¥9,780
(¥10,758 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Napa Valley

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

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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¥20,400
(¥22,440 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Cos d'Estournel

Size: 750ml

Complex integrated nose, slightly closed with black currant and oak accents. Full bodied, It is still relatively smooth, supple though firm well structured with a solid core of currant fruit and a long firm lingering finish.
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¥104,040
(¥114,444 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

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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¥3,570
(¥3,927 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California

Varietal: Merlot Blush, Syrah Blush, Muscat, Gewurztraminer

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Producer: Menage a Trois

Size: 750ml

Ménage à Trois Rosé is the epitome of a good rosé. No pretension, no pretense. Just a fruit-laden roller coaster ride of raspberries, strawberries, lychee nuts and flowers with a silky smooth finish. A medium weighted palate with a cocktail of citrus and tropical fruits.
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¥519,580
(¥571,538 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Petrus

Size: 750ml

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¥118,220
(¥130,042 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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¥46,360
(¥50,996 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

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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¥88,130
(¥96,943 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 1500ml

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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¥39,210
(¥43,131 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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¥248,390
(¥273,229 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

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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¥95,100
(¥104,610 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Tasting notes: Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple hue. It has powerful distinctive oak overtones...
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