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One of the five red varieties of Bordeaux wines (together with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot),
Merlot is originally from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol and commonly found in the south of France.
In France, Merlot is the most widely planted red grape variety and it is also extremely popular in northern Italy,
Switzerland , California, Chile…
With grapes ripening approximately 10-15 days before Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is sometimes seen as the ‘reliable’ grape variety
and easier to grow even in slightly cooler climates except for the risk of flower frosts in Spring.
Young wines will offer flavors of ripe cherry and prune and even floral nuances in some regions.
Merlot wines develop well in the presence of oak wood and the mature wine is characterized by a strong complex flavour in which oak,
candied fruit, smoke and truffle nuances can be found.
But rather than a particular taste, the grape is also used for producing wines of a particular texture relying on organoleptic properties.
Merlot wine is therefore considered as smooth, rounded and ‘easy-drinking’ wines which can be appreciated young with lower acidity and the presence of milder tannins.
This is mainly due to the rather large size of the grapes in relation to the thickness of the skin were tannins are found.