One of the original red Bordeaux varieties that is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Bordeaux style. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

There are two main styles of Merlot produced today. The “”International style”” tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. The traditional “”Bordeaux style”” of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.

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  • Chateau-Du-Courlat-Lussac-Saint-Emilion

    Chateau Du Courlat Lussac Saint Emilion 2020

    The 2020 Château Courlat Lussac Saint-Émilion is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and is matured in a combination of 35% stainless steel, 35% concrete vats and 30% first and second use French oak barrels. Expect a dark purple wine with open and forward aromas of sweet plum, red berries and a hint of vanilla. The wine is plush and round in the mouth with lingering black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and cedar notes. It will continue to develop in the bottle over the next decade.

  • Chateau-Les-Vieux-Ormes-Lalande-de-Pomerol

    Chateau Les Vieux Ormes Lalande de Pomerol 2019

    Lalande de Pomerol is an emerging satellite to the more famous Pomerol. Once considered the poor cousin to Pomerol, Lalande has garnered considerable attention over the past 20 years. A small stream, the Barbanne, is all that separates the two zones, yet many of the vineyards within Lalande share the same geology with Pomerol.

  • Chateau-Tessendey-Fronsac

    Chateau Tessendey Fronsac 6 pk 2020

    Flowers, cherries, black raspberries, espresso, and cocoa open the perfume. On the palate, the wine is equally interesting with its fresh sweet, red fruits, soft, supple-textured mid-palate and vibrant, cherry and cocoa oriented finish.

  • Graceland-Vineyards-Colour-Field

    Graceland Vineyards Colour Field 2022

    72% Merlot, 17% Shiraz, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Kingston-Estate-Merlot

    Kingston Estate Merlot 2020

    Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate is synonymous for producing high quality wines. The 2019 vintage was dominated by drought conditions, resulting in early ripening of high quality fruit.



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