The French Merlot is considered one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide. Its origin can be found in Bordelais, nowadays this vine can be found especially around the Bordeaux wine region. It is also used in the wine of the same name because it harmonises particularly well with other varieties. The most exclusive wine in the world, the Château Pétrus, is also made from this grape. The variety is mainly used in cuvées together with Cabernet Sauvignon , but overseas Merlot wines also exist.
Some of the best merlots in the world come from France , the country of origin of the vine. The variety is mainly cultivated especially around Bordeaux . But other sufficiently warm areas also provide good conditions for the vine. This means that Merlot wines come from Italy and Germany . The wine countries Chile and the USA have also taken a liking to this special grape. Here they are mostly used to produce pure Merlots, which are rarely found in Europe.
Harmony & full-bodied
The velvety soft character of the Merlot wine makes it perfect for a cuvée. It ensures a harmonious taste of the red wine, for which it is so valued. Its dark red color promises a great aroma of plums and cherries. The soft tannins also bring notes of blackberries and blueberries. The low acidity makes the Merlot a smooth, full-bodied wine that many appreciate. Maturing can make the Merlot wine even softer, with the fruit flavors disappearing behind a herbal note. Its harmony and early accessibility make this vine a real all-rounder. Try it. A Merlot wine is the perfect partner, especially for lamb and beef.
In addition to the red, there is also the Merlot Blanc, a French white wine variety that is grown in small quantities in Bordeaux. It produces a soft, berry wine, which is, however, much lighter and drier than its red relative.