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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.
 
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Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Margaux

Producer: Chateau Margaux

Size: 750ml

Fragrant almost floral nose with hints of cassis, cherry, toast and vanilla. Medium-bodied, it is smooth, soft and fruity with a firm structure. Fresh with a well-balanced acidity, firm integrated tannins & oak & a long finish.
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¥7,910 ¥5,090
(¥5,599 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Haut-Medoc

Varietal: Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Producer: Chateau Belgrave

Size: 750ml

The complex bouquet harmonises well with the elegant, intense dark fruit flavours and spicy, liquorice notes. Powerful and full-bodied from the outset, the wine gains in length on the palate, while its core is packed with fruit and tobacco notes.
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¥77,263 ¥51,360
(¥56,496 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Sonoma Valley

Varietal: Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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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¥95,150 ¥65,800
(¥72,380 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

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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¥5,700 ¥4,040
(¥4,444 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Limoux

Producer: Domaine de Baronarques

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 375ml

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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¥157,400 ¥115,700
(¥127,270 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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¥30,240 ¥22,410
(¥24,651 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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¥17,670 ¥13,600
(¥14,960 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Margaux

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Style: Dry

Grade: Second-Growth

Producer: Chateau Rauzan Segla

Size: 750ml

It has fragrant and sophisticated nose with blackcurrant, plum and chocolate notes accompanied by subtle floral nuances. Full-bodied, it is soft, round and fruity with a solid core of fine ripe integrated tannins. Well balanced, it is firm yet restrained with a good acidity and a long lingering finish. 
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¥143,110 ¥112,100
(¥123,310 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Aromatic with hints of black currant, wood, chocolate, vanilla, mineral and toast. Full, smooth and integrated with impressive weight and concentration, with a balanced acidity, which keeps it fresh.
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¥15,465 ¥12,320
(¥13,552 Including tax)

Country: Chile

Area: Central Valley

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 15

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

Deep ruby red color with purple edges. Complex nose opening towards ripe and expressive fruit, such as blackberry, blueberry, cassis and dry figs. Spices such as clove, black pepper and a touch of lavender. Intense, smooth a silky structure filling the mid palate with a ripe and unique personality. Black fruit such as blackberry and blueberry with a long and slightly smoked finish.
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¥122,660 ¥99,700
(¥109,670 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Grade: Premier GRANDS CRUS CLASSES

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Impressive concentration of color, powerful with distinctive oak overtones accompanied by subtle mint and currant accents along with floral nuances. Full,opulent and polished with distinctive wood, toast and coffee undertones, importantly lots of rich ripe tannins and a long polished finish insuring longevity and a place in the annals of history. JKW04/10
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¥44,340 ¥38,070
(¥41,877 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Emilion

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Grade: St.-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Producer: Chateau Figeac

Size: 750ml

  See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> St.-Emilion See producer detail: Château Figeac
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