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About Merlot

The origins and characteristics of this popular grape variety

Origins

This grape variety appeared during the 18th century in  the south west of France, more precisely in the north of the Aquitaine region. Its name apparently refers to the bird specie that enjoys eating the grapes on these types of vines.

Merlot is a relatively resistant grape variety but is remains sensitive to early spring frosts and therefore requires a more tempered climate. Its main quality is that is can adapt to a wide range of soil types, which is why today we can find it in many countries, including Italy, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand and North and South America. No wonder this is the most cultivated grape variety on the planet!

Characteristics

These wines tend to be of a color somewhere between ruby red and purplish red. Among the dominant perfumes, you can find notes of raspberry, cherry, plum, cinnamon, tobacco and black liquorice.

On the palate, tannins are rich and well structured, softened by a silky texture. You can taste intense red fruits aromas with mushroom and truffle notes.

Food & Wine Pairing

These wines pair very well with red meats, mushrooms and caramelized onions. They also work well with sauces and desserts made with cherries and cranberries.

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