Merlot wine

Made with the Merlot grape variety

Merlot, the name comes from the French diminutive robin probably because of its similarity to black plumage. The Merlot varietal is known for its fineness and softness, while being aromatic and meaty. It is intense ruby color, medium, and aging graduation quickly without losing quality. The merlot is from the Bordeaux region, where it is the most cultivated variety. It has become an international variety, the second most popular red variety after Cabernet Sauvignon, used mostly as a variety of improvement in racking to provide softness and balance. It is present in the vast majority of D.O. Peninsula.

Characteristics of Merlot wine

Although it is often thought of as a grape used to make young wines, this variety is also capable of excellent aging in the bottle over time. Merlot wines are mainly characterised by a soft and sweet flavour.

Merlot wine tasting

Pure fruity elegance and a velvety touch.

Merlot wine pairings

Merlot wines are the perfect partner for poultry, beef and even casseroles. They are also great for pairing with creamy French cheeses like camembert and stronger flavoured cheeses like Parmesan and even blue cheeses.

Growing areas

Originally from one of the first wine regions in France, Bordeaux, it is the most common grape in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.

Varieties similar to Merlot

Being the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes, Merlot wines can be very similar to these in their flavours and aromas. This variety is also very similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. It is so similar, in fact, that even top wine experts have mistaken one for the other.

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Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2020

France AOC Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux)

An A.O.C. Grand Cru Classé. Saint-Émilion
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Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2021

France AOC Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux)

An A.O.C. Grand Cru Classé. Saint-Émilion
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Batič Merlot 2020

Slovenia Vipava Valley (Vipava Valley)

Pure symbiosis between human beings and nature
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29.60
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Jordan Black Magic Merlot 2021

South Africa WO Stellenbosch (Coastal Region)

The blackbird of wines
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19.25
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Cantine Fina Merlot 2020

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

A new side to southern Merlot
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16.55
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Cantine Fina Merlot 2021

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

A new side to southern Merlot
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Château Laroque 2021

France AOC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux)

The pursuit of excellence
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Château Laroque 2023

France AOC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux)

The pursuit of excellence
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Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo 2017

Italy IGT Campania Rosso (Campania)

An elegant and very tasty Merlot
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Ronco Severo Merlot 2022

Italy DOP Colli Orientali del Friuli (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)

A pure Merlot that is faithful to its Friuli origins
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25.55
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Château Bel-Air Pomerol 2016

France AOC Pomerol (Bordeaux)

Merlot’s aristocratic splendour
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Les Tours de Laroque 2018

France AOC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux)

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Château Tour Maillet 2023

France AOC Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

An essential stop along the way.
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