Cards of Wine

Merlot (France)

Merlot is a red wine grape from Bordeaux in France.

New to red wine? Start with Merlot!

Typical Flavors

Raspberry
Raspberry
Black CherryCherry Plum
Plum
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry
Blueberry
Violets
Violets
Herbs
Herbs
Pepper
Pepper

Oak Added Flavors

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Raspberry, black cherry, plum, tobacco and vanilla are typical Merlot flavors.

Profile

Merlot is a medium wine with medium tannins and acidity:

BODYMedium Pluss
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium Pluss
Serving temperature:
14-15°C (57-59°F)
Oaked 16-17°C (61-63°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Finger Food
Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles
Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal

Merlot goes well a wide variety of food.

It is also good zipped alone.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Italian Dishes (Tomato Based).
Pizza. Baked Pasta. Lasagna.
Spaghetti Meatballs. Hamburger.
Fried or Grilled Mushrooms.
Casseroles. Beef Stew.
Veal Chops. Wiener Schnitzel.
Meatloaf. Beef Wellington.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Red Meat Dishes.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.

About Merlot

Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in both "Bordeaux Right Bank" and "Bordeaux Left Bank" blends, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Merlot adds softness and mouth-watering fruit creating the perfect marriage with the more masculine grape Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Merlot derives from French "Merle" (Blackbird) for its dark color.

100% Merlot wines exist and they are some of the world´s most expensive wines such Chateau Petrus (Pomerol, Bordeaux) or Ornellaia (Bolgheri, Tuscany).

Merlot is known to be easy to drink, both alone and with food and therefor a perfect introduction to redwine for the newcomers.

Merlot in France

The best Merlots are produced in Pomerol in Bordeaux, where the soil makes wines with more flavor and complexity than usual. The neighboring area of Saint Émilion uses more Cabernet Franc in the mix, and lighter wines are made here than in Pomerol.

Read More

Merlot is the second most planted grape in the world.

You can read more about the grape at Merlot Grapes.

You can read more about the world wide production at Merlot Regions.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.