Merlot Wine

A brilliant single varietal wine as well as a key ingredient in that magical Bordeaux blend, Merlot traces its origins back to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape’s dark blue-black colour is thought to be the inspiration for its name, merle being the French word for blackbird. It’s a grape that enjoys many thousands of hectares devoted to its growth, which now makes it the second most widely cultivated grape in the world, just pipped to the post by Cabernet Sauvignon. It reigns supreme in Bordeaux, particularly the Right Bank areas of St Emilion and Pomerol, but also produces some stunning wines in Italy, USA and Australia, on its own or as an integral part of a blend.

Merlot is appreciated for its smooth, supple texture and plummy fruit, but its character come from the climate in which it is grown. From cooler climes, expect a structured, full-bodied red with dark fruit and possibly hints of tobacco, liquorice and anise. If it’s grown in warmer areas, think cherry, mocha, raspberry and cocoa with a soft, opulent structure.

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  • Château Vincens Cuvée Prestige 2015, Cahors

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    Any wine called 'Cuvée Prestige' should grab your attention. After all, we all like a bit of prestige every now and again, don't we? This smart French Malbec wine lives up to its name too. Cahors where it all started for Malbec, long before it was a twinkle in Argentina's eye Read More.

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  • Château Peyredon Lagravette Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc, 2015

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    Good cassis character from the dominant Cabernet; lots of personality and a firm finish. 88 points Steven Spurrier, Decanter

    This elegant wine is rich, with lightly structured black fruits that reveal the generosity of the vintage and also the ageing potential. Powered by the juicy black-currant fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a wine to age. 90 points Wine Enthusiast Read More.

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