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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.
 
¥23,940 ¥14,500
(¥15,950 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Size: 750ml

Deep dark color, on the nose it reveals attractive black currant notes with subtle smoky nuances. Medium to full the wine is elegant and charming with a solid core of fruit and a soft, smooth, firm finish.
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¥77,263 ¥50,350
(¥55,385 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Sonoma Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.2

Size: 750ml

Sweet mulberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of black truffles, damp earth and forest floor emerge from this beauty of stunning intensity, purity and texture.
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¥10,830 ¥7,080
(¥7,788 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Caladoc, Carignan

Style: Dry

Grade: I.G.P.

Producer: Gerard Bertrand

Serving Temperature(℃): 16

Size: 750ml

Concentrated, very ripe black fruit -blackberries, black cherries and plums-, grilled spice & toasted oak on the nose. The palate is lush & opulent with velvety tannins & mint accents. The finish is long with a perfect balance.
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¥12,360 ¥8,300
(¥9,130 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Aromatic nose with hints of currants accompanied by vanilla overtones against a background of fresh berry fruit with floral nuances. Medium bodied, it is round, soft and fruity, a well-balanced wine revealing a solid core of juicy ripe fruit and fine ripe tannins.
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¥5,700 ¥3,950
(¥4,345 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Limoux

Producer: Domaine de Baronarques

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

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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¥92,350 ¥66,000
(¥72,600 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

The refined and elegant nose reveals fruity wild blackberry, toast, liquorice tobacco Fresh, full-bodied and balanced, on the palate is very full, rich in ripe fruit and peppery spice flavours. An exceptionally long finish.
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¥157,400 ¥113,430
(¥124,773 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Producer: Chateau Ausone

Size: 750ml

 Sophisticated and complex, integrated with hints of tobacco, violet, oak, vanilla and toast against a background of concentrated berry aromas.  Full-bodied, with a solid core of fresh fruit backed by firm ripe tannins. 
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¥28,900 ¥20,900
(¥22,990 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Grand Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Valandraud

Size: 750ml

On the nose it reveals hints of cherries and currants accompanied by subtle spicy overtones with a slight floral accent.  Medium-bodied it has a solid core of fruit, despite it firm tannin structure is soft and smooth with a solid finish.
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¥30,240 ¥21,970
(¥24,167 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pomerol

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pomerol

Producer: Chateau L'Evangile

Size: 750ml

Very expressive nose of dark berries (blackcurrants) with fresh and toasted notes. On the palate, the attack is delicate and silky, with an elegant, full-bodied tannic structure. The palate is dense, due to the grapes reaching an excellent degree of ripeness, and very velvety thanks to the mature, well-integrated tannins. Lingering fruity notes on the finish
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¥22,900 ¥16,900
(¥18,590 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): -なし-

Grade: Fifth-Growth

Producer: Château Lynch Bages

Size: 750ml

Sophisticated nose of forward toasty oak accompanied by blackcurrant, plum, tobacco, mint and floral nuances. Full-bodied, concentrated it is relatively smooth with a fresh acidity, silky tannins and a long fruity finish.
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¥11,280 ¥8,390
(¥9,229 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

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

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Size: 750ml

Slightly closed nose with hints of currants and cherries accompanied by spice overtones against a background of fresh berry fruit with mineral nuances. Full-bodied, it is round, soft and fruity, a well-balanced wine revealing a solid core of juicy fresh ripe fruit and oak. Well crafted it is further complimented by a long lingering finish unveiling further vanilla notes.
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¥18,050 ¥13,900
(¥15,290 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: Cru Classe

Producer: Chateau Pape Clement

Size: 750ml

Pronounced oaky nose supported by lots of forward berry fruit blackcurrant, cherry and tobacco nuances. Fresh, it is full, round and supple with a core of rich almost sweet spicy fruit supported by firm fine tannins and a well-balanced acidity.
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