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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.
 
¥5,920
(¥6,512 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

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

Producer: Chateau Le Boscq

Serving Temperature(℃): 17-19

Size: 750ml

Notes of ripe fruits and liquorice. Generous and rich on the palate, displaying signs of good maturity, while the silky, well-balanced tannic structure is underpinned by impressive freshness on the finish.
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¥11,530
(¥12,683 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.8

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau d'Issan

Size: 750ml

Fragrant nose, it reveals blackcurrant and cherry fruit characteristics with toast and oak accents. Medium-bodied, it has a fresh acidity soft firm ripe integrated tannins and medium length.
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¥29,450
(¥32,395 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau Ausone

Size: 750ml

Medium deep black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Focused nose of integrated fruit and oak with floral and raspberry nuances.Well balanced, it is fresh with a firm silky finish, which should round out with time. A wine that combines power with elegance.
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¥11,600
(¥12,760 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.8

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau d'Issan

Size: 750ml

Good depth of color, it is a deep dark ruby. Young with distinctive oak overtones with hints of spice, blackcurrant, tea and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, it is elegant and smooth with a balanced and fresh acidity supported by a solid core of fruit. Overall it has a firm structure with concentrated firm fine tannins giving it the ability to age nicely over the next 5- 10 years.
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¥21,100
(¥23,210 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fifth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Pontet Canet

Size: 750ml

Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark black ruby with a purple hue. Forward nose of liquorice, caramel, spice and oak accompanied by blackcurrant undertones and floral accents. Full-bodied, it is balanced, with good depth and weight, which is further complimented by solid velvety tannins. It has a solid core of fruit wrapped in oak, which lingers on a long fresh finish.
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¥30,250
(¥33,275 Including tax)

Country: Italy

Area: Toscana / Bolgheri

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

Style: Dry

Grade: D.O.C.- Bolgheri Superiore

Producer: Ornellaia

Size: 750ml

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia combines generosity and depth of flavour with an engaging and vibrant personality.
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¥16,110
(¥17,721 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Canon

Size: 750ml

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¥14,090
(¥15,499 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Rauzan Segla

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep color, subtle hints of blackcurrant, plum and spice with violet accents. It has a solid core of fresh ripe fruit, a balanced acidity and a long lingering finish with enough fruit to counterbalance the youthful tannins.
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¥13,080
(¥14,388 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Chateau Clinet

Size: 750ml

Fruity nose showing blackberry, oak and spice nuances. Medium body, well structured, it is firm, smooth with core of juicy ripe fruit on a tight finish. Firm, fresh it is well structured, good for the long term.
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¥15,050
(¥16,555 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Lascombes

Serving Temperature(℃): 19

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note: The nose is fine, elegant and seductive and offers a fine concentration of aromas, with everything in balance. Blackberry, coffee and fine...
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¥12,030
(¥13,233 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: François - L Vuitton Collection

Size: 750ml

CHÂTEAU BEAUREGARD (POMEROL) Château Beauregard with its time-honoured savoir-faire has been reborn to become a Pomerol great. Built in the XIIth century in...
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¥20,000
(¥22,000 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Third-Growth

Producer: Chateau Calon Segur

Size: 750ml

It has a forward ripe berry nose with lovely smoky currant overtones with a hint of spice. Medium to full-bodied, it is firm well balanced revealing a solid core of fruit , firm ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.
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