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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.
 
¥77,410
(¥85,151 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion

Size: 750ml

Opaque bright black ruby in color. Forward fruity with complex aromas. Rich full bodied yet is has a firm solid, almost tight structure with fine tannins. Elegant with good length, this will be a long-lived wine.
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¥11,940
(¥13,134 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Beau-sejour Becot

Size: 750ml

Fragrant nose of dark berry fruit, spicy oak with currant and liquorice undertones. Medium body, balanced, it is smooth, supple, fresh with a sold core of ripe fruit fruit, with a firm integrated finish.
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¥19,900
(¥21,890 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fifth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Clerc Milon

Size: 750ml

Reveals aromas of finely toasted spice, tobacco, red fruit and cherry stone, with a mineral touch. The palate is full and well-defined, dominated by succulent fruit and tannins that open on a hint of chocolate and a long finsih.
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¥16,000
(¥17,600 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Canon

Size: 750ml

Medium to deep color, pronounced oak overtones with a solid core of fruit. Elegant with a solid core of ripe fruit, concentrated and relatively smooth with a long lingering finish.
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¥16,470
(¥18,117 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Size: 750ml

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> Pessac-Léognan See producer detail: Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte
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¥8,740
(¥9,614 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Medoc

Producer: Chateau Giscours

Size: 750ml

Reveals currant fruit accompanied by toasty oak and liquorice undertones. Medium body, nice fruit with cherry undertones on the palate, well balanced with a relatively good concentration of fruit on a long solid finish
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¥9,890
(¥10,879 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Third-Growth

Producer: Chateau Kirwan

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note:  On the nose, Château Kirwan 2013 is open and seductive. It emanates exquisite notes of red and black fruits such as cherry and black...
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¥10,050
(¥11,055 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Size: 750ml

Impressive depth of color it is deep dark black ruby. Attractive fruity nose with hints of raspberry, toast and oak. Medium to full-bodied with respectable...
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¥14,040
(¥15,444 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Estephe

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Montrose

Size: 750ml

Integrated aroma with attractive chocolate and cherry overtones accompanied by subtle tobacco, spice and mint nuances on the nose. Medium bodied, with a firm tannin structure and a balanced acidity. 
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¥4,640
(¥5,104 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Chateau Lagrange

Size: 750ml

Ruby in color, the nose is very gourmande. Note the cherry and sour drops, the barrel aging is fully mastered and fits in well with this elegant vintage. The attack is supple and round with a certain tension. The acidity level reinforces the impression of freshness. Very harmonious and well balanced; featuring the elegance found in great Saint Julien wines.
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¥21,110
(¥23,221 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Haut Brion

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note The bouquet features subtle floral and fruity hints with overtones of forest undergrowth. The wine starts out very silky, going on to show...
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¥4,130
(¥4,543 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Graves

Size: 750ml

With a bright and intense color, it has black-currant and wild strawberry aromas, with hints of mint, liquorice and smokiness. The fruit and tannin are powerful, silky and fresh.
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