Merlot

Merlot

The oldest reference of the Merlot variety appears in the Libourne department, in the Gironde region. This grape has early budding, mid ripening and is very vigorous, with many sprouts and suckers. Apart from being fertile a short pruning is recommended.  Merlot is prone to acarinosis in some climates, it adapts well to clay and limestone soils. Merlot is a variety with very high risk to droughts, winter and spring frosts. It is also very sensitive to downy mildew, botrytis and leafhopper insects.

Merlot variety ripens easily so it tends to be more planted than its fellow Cabernet Sauvignon, offering dense, gentle, fresh wines. Equally to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, wines can be herbaceous if the grape is not completely ripened, though Merlot can contribute with fruity and fleshy personality, balancing any tannic sensation.

Merlot is one of the most cultivated varieties in the world and all over France, being Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon where is most common. For a long time it has been considered a second class variety until mid 19th century, when wine growers noticed its good endurance to powdery mildew and it became much more popular. Its easy ripening, even in relatively cold years, plays a part in making it more interesting, so nowadays Merlot plantations are bigger than Cabernet Sauvignon ones in Bordeaux.

Merlot wines are much fruity, with less tannic structure and can be consumed younger than Cabernet Sauvignon ones. Usually Merlot wines display jammy plum notes with a rich and elegant silky sensation as for instance great wines from Pomerol appellation as Château Petrus.

In Spain, Merlot is not as important as in France or Italy, being Cataluña, Navarra, Aragón and Castilla La Mancha its main production areas. Generally it is used blended with other varieties such as Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon to add fleshiness in Penedés and Conca de Barberà. Tomàs Cusiné at Costers del Segre appellation elaborates a Bourdeaux style Merlot wine named Geol, but the best examples of Merlot are Caus Lubis  from Can Ràfols dels Caus and Torcas in Navarra.

Synonyms: Sémillon Rouge, Médoc Noir

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Wine with Merlot

Ca n'Estruc Rosado 2016
Quantity:
4,40 €
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Ca n'Estruc Appellation Cataluña Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo
Nekeas Tempranillo & Merlot 2016
Quantity:
4,60 €
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Bodegas Nekeas Appellation Navarra Grapes Tempranillo, Merlot
Jardins Rosé 2015
Quantity:
4,65 €
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84
Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Castillo de Perelada Appellation Empordà Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot
Enate Tapas 2016
Quantity:
4,75 €
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Enate Appellation Somontano Grapes Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Castillo Monjardín Rosado de Lágrima 2016
Quantity:
4,95 €
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Bodegas Castillo Monjardín Appellation Navarra Grapes Merlot
Jardins Negre 2015
Quantity:
5,00 €
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89
Petit Albet Tinto 2014
Quantity:
5,35 €
Eco / Bio
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Albet i Noya Appellation Penedés Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Setze Gallets 2014
Quantity:
5,45 €
bottle x6: 5,20 €/u. (-5%)
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Vinyet Rosat 2014
Quantity:
5,60 €
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Martí Serdà Appellation Penedés Grapes Garnacha, Merlot
Mas Donís Rosat 2015
Quantity:
5,60 €
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Celler de Capçanes Appellation Montsant Grapes Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot
El Revolcón 2014
Quantity:
5,95 €
bottle x6: 5,65 €/u. (-5%)
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Lo Virol 2016
Quantity:
6,00 €
bottle x6: 5,70 €/u. (-5%)
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Lo Petitó de Pascona 2014
Quantity:
6,25 €
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Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Pascona Appellation Montsant Grapes Merlot, Syrah
Quieto 2010
Quantity:
6,25 €
Natural
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Partida Creus Appellation Table wine Grapes Merlot
Misticanza 2012
Quantity:
6,25 €
Natural
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Partida Creus Appellation Table wine Grapes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Albet i Noya Merlot-Pinot Noir Rosado 2014
Quantity:
6,30 €
Eco / Bio
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Albet i Noya Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot, Pinot Noir
Castillo Perelada 3 Fincas 2013
Quantity:
6,35 €
bottle x6: 6,05 €/u. (-5%)
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88
Mas Picosa 2016
Quantity:
6,40 €
Eco / Bio
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Celler de Capçanes Appellation Montsant Grapes Garnacha, Samsó, Merlot, Tempranillo
Petit Caus Rosado 2015
Quantity:
6,40 €
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2016
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Can Ràfols dels Caus Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot, Syrah, Sumoll, Tempranillo
Atrevit Rosado 2016
Quantity:
6,45 €
Eco / Bio
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Can Descregut Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot
Heus Rosat 2016
Quantity:
6,45 €
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery La Vinyeta Appellation Empordà Grapes Garnacha, Samsó, Merlot, Syrah
Casa Ravella Tinto Roble 2013
Quantity:
6,45 €
Charming
Eco / Bio
PK --
84
Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Casa Ravella Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot
Casa Ravella Rosado 2013
Quantity:
6,45 €
Eco / Bio
PK --
85
Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Casa Ravella Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot
Petit Caus Rosado 2016
Quantity:
6,45 €
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2015
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Can Ràfols dels Caus Appellation Penedés Grapes Merlot, Syrah, Sumoll, Tempranillo
Enate Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 2014
Quantity:
6,55 €
bottle x6: 6,20 €/u. (-5%)
Other Vintages available: 2013
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Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Enate Appellation Somontano Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Wine in moderation
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