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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.
 
¥5,040
(¥5,544 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

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

Producer: Chateau Saint Pierre

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

The estate was created in the 17th century although a number of legacies subsequently led to it being split up and dispersed. Through a combination of good...
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¥6,170
(¥6,787 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Chateau La Cabanne

Size: 750ml

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> Pomerol See producer detail: Château La Cabanne
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¥20,080
(¥22,088 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fourth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Beychevelle

Size: 750ml

Dark black ruby color, it has a perfumed nose exhibiting black cherries, raspberry & cedar nuances. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, fresh & elegant revealing very fine tannins. Well balanced with a persistent fresh finish.
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¥3,090
(¥3,399 Including tax)

Country: Spain

Area: La Mancha

Varietal: Tempranillo, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14

Grade: D.O.

Producer: Vinedos Y Bodegas Munoz

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-18

Size: 750ml

Intense, brilliant and clean ruby colour. Intense and complex aroma with hints of ripe fruits, toasted aromas, pepper and balsamic notes. Round, warm, very well balanced with a persistent finish.
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¥5,970
(¥6,567 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

Varietal: Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 15.4

Grade: A.O.C.- Limoux

Producer: Domaine de Baronarques

Serving Temperature(℃): 16-18

Size: 750ml

Deep color with aromas of black fruit (blackberry & bilberry), spice, liquorice & garrigue notes. Concentrated well-integrated with silky tannins underscored by balsamic, chocolate and liquorice notes on a long harmonious finish
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¥35,200
(¥38,720 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Third-Growth

Producer: Chateau Palmer

Size: 750ml


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¥3,890
(¥4,279 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Hostens Picant

Size: 750ml

Its initial aromas of raspberries and gooseberries transform after a few minutes of aeration into delicate notes of cherry and paprika. The smoothness of the initial attack phase in the mouth gives way to a superbly fresh tannic structure. Its refined finish is typical of its prestigious chalk-soil terroir.
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¥6,060
(¥6,666 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Toscana

Varietal: Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14

Grade: I.G.T.- Toscana

Producer: Diadema

Serving Temperature(℃): 18-20

Size: 750ml

Structured and tannic palate, gently supported by permeating freshness. Lengthy finish with clarity of fruit and balsamic returns.
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¥75,250
(¥82,775 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

the wine exhibits good weight and concentration with pronounced fresh fruit flavors.  Smooth with firm ripe tannin, it is well balanced with a solid core of fruit and spices.  The wine is firm fresh elegant, though extremely young with a long lingering finish.
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¥32,070
(¥35,277 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Good depth color. Fresh forward nose with cassis, plum liquorice and spice accents. Medium-bodied, it is elegant well balanced, with smooth polished tannins and a long lingering finish.
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¥17,120
(¥18,832 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Leoville Barton

Size: 750ml

Intense purple color with a bright nose of blackfruit, graphite and toast. On the palate, the attack is frank and the tannins are precise and remarkably delicate. The wine develops a beautiful tension and freshness.
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¥97,870
(¥107,657 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, 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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