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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.
 
¥77,263 ¥50,350
(¥55,385 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Sonoma Valley

Varietal: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, 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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¥5,700 ¥3,950
(¥4,345 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Languedoc-Roussillon / Languedoc

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

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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¥93,230 ¥72,300
(¥79,530 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Style: Dry

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Size: 750ml

Tasting notes: Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple hue. It has powerful distinctive oak overtones...
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¥5,040 ¥3,910
(¥4,301 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

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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¥8,740 ¥7,080
(¥7,788 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / St.-Julien

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

Style: Dry

Grade: Fourth-Growth

Producer: Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Size: 750ml

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¥3,950 ¥3,290
(¥3,619 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: -なし-

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

Grade: A.O.P.

Producer: M by Monavin

Serving Temperature(℃): 17

Size: 750ml

Attractive nose with red berry, vanilla aromas and wooden notes, possesses a good level of soft tannins with a hint of acidity. 
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¥45,480 ¥37,900
(¥41,690 Including tax)

Country: USA

Area: California / Napa Valley

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc(%): 14.7

Size: 750ml

"A wine of great intensity, silky tannins and adequate acidity, this is clearly one of the great, great wines of the vintage, and another tour de force in winemaking from Carpenter" Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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¥17,900 ¥15,060
(¥16,566 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Chateau Haut Bailly

Size: 750ml

It displays aromas of lead pencil shavings, blueberries, black raspberries and cassis. Medium to full-bodied it reveals an almost seamless integration of wood, alcohol and tannin. This is a rich, concentrated wine.
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¥44,340 ¥37,320
(¥41,052 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 Figeac

Size: 750ml

  See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> St.-Emilion See producer detail: Château Figeac
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¥27,540 ¥23,180
(¥25,498 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

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

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13.5

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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¥23,940 ¥20,150
(¥22,165 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, 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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¥7,320 ¥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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