Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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2014 Croix Canon, St Emilion, Bordeaux
Red
2014
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£43.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2018 Château Berliquet, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2018
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£55.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2021 Blason de L'Evangile, Pomerol, Bordeaux
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2021
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£72.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2021 Château Pavie Macquin, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2021
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2019 Galatrona, Val d’Arno di Sopra, Petrolo, Tuscany, Italy
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2019
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£95.50 – bottle (75cl)
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2011 Château Canon, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2011
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2021 Galatrona, Val d’Arno di Sopra, Petrolo, Tuscany, Italy
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2021
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2017 Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2017
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£135.50 – bottle (75cl)
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2019 Château Séraphine, Pomerol, Bordeaux
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2019
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2019 Messorio, Le Macchiole, Tuscany, Italy
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2019
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£280.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2009 Château Pavie, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2009
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2018 Château la Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
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2018
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2007 Château Angélus, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2007
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£441.50 – bottle (75cl)
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2002 Château Angélus, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2002
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£741.50 – bottle (75cl)
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2015 Château Ausone, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2015
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£854.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2009 Château Ausone, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2009
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£1,285.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2006 Masseto, Tuscany, Italy
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2006
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