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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2010 Ch. Laroque, St Emilion
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2010
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2000 Château Larcis Ducasse, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2000
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2016 Poggio Ai Merli, Castellare di Castellina, Tuscany, Italy
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2016
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2017 Château la Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
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2017
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1996 Ch. la Conseillante, Pomerol
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1996
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2017 Clos Fourtet, St Emilion
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2018 Château l'Evangile, Pomerol, Bordeaux
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2014 Ch. Pavie, St Emilion
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2016 Ch. Pavie, St Emilion
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2017 Ch. L'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol
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2017 Masseto, Tuscany, Italy
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2012 Masseto, Tuscany, Italy
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2016 Château Ausone, St Emilion, Bordeaux
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2016 Masseto, Tuscany, Italy
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2010 Ch. Ausone, St Emilion
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2017 Ch. Pavie, St Emilion
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2013 Masseto, Tuscany, Italy
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