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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.
 
¥19,140
(¥21,054 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fourth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Beychevelle

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep color, medium body with a core of fresh sweet ripe berry fruit, with firm slight dry finish. Despite its power and depth it is still elegant.
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¥8,740
(¥9,614 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fourth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Size: 750ml

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¥20,000
(¥22,000 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

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

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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¥93,230
(¥102,553 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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¥7,160
(¥7,876 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau Montrose

Size: 750ml

Is fresh, oak, red fruit, smoky and tobacco aromas. A very silky structure fresh, with touches of blackberry blackcurrant & liquorice on a long harmonious 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: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

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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¥10,610
(¥11,671 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bourgogne / Vougeot

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Grand Cru

Producer: Chateau d'Armailhac

Size: 750ml

The nose exudes blackberry, liquorice, spice and cherry aromas. Fine balance, well-structured tannins, with a richly smooth body and jammy fruit flavours and excellent length.
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¥15,060
(¥16,566 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Chateau Haut Bailly

Size: 750ml

It displays aromas of lead pencil shavings, blueberries, black raspberries and cassis. Medium to full-bodied it reveals an almost seamless integration of wood, alcohol and tannin. This is a rich, concentrated wine.
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¥4,180
(¥4,598 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Bordeaux

Producer: Chateau Beau-sejour Becot

Serving Temperature(℃): 14

Size: 750ml

Sweet nose with aromas of black cherry, fresh black currant and some hints of liquorice. The attack is well-balanced with blackberry and strawberry flavours. The finish is full-flavoured with a nice length.
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