It is inexpensive and globally revered.

What is it famous for?

Inexpensive, commercial New World Merlot may have given the grape somewhat of a bad reputation, but Merlot is almost entirely responsible for one of Bordeaux’s most revered wines: Château Petrus.

The name Merlot is thought to have derived from merle, French for blackbird, since its colouring is similar to the grape.

Where does it grow?

It is a mainstay in Bordeaux, where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Franc, but it also grows widely in Italy-Friuli, and Tuscany.

 It is prevalent in the US, Australia and Chile, too. As an early ripening grape, it is suitable for cooler climates, but wines from warmer climates have a bolder, fruity character.

What does it taste like?

Merlot generally produces medium-bodied wines and tends to have notes of plum, blueberry and chocolate with relatively soft tannins.

Pingza Loves:

💗💗 Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 💗💗

💗💗 Oyster Bay Merlot Hawkes Bay 2017 💗💗

💗💗 Montes Reserva Merlot 2017 💗💗

Tastes great with:

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole or Spaghetti Bolognese.

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