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        • Alexis Lichine Merlot 2020  Front Label
          Alexis Lichine Merlot 2020
          Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
          • WW89
          4.9 21 Ratings
          12 99
          Save $2.01 (13%)
        • Ronan by Clinet  2016  Front Label
          Ronan by Clinet 2016
          Merlot from Bordeaux, France
          • D93
          • JD91
          3.7 43 Ratings
          12 99
        • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2019  Front Label
          Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2019
          Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
          • WE92
          4.1 8 Ratings
          17 99
          Save $2.01 (10%)
        • Duboeuf Merlot 2017 Front Label
          Duboeuf Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
            3.9 10 Ratings
            22 99
          • Lorgeril l'Orangeraie Merlot 2020  Front Label
            Lorgeril l'Orangeraie Merlot 2020
            Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
              0.0 0 Ratings
              15 99
            • Fat Bastard Merlot 2020  Front Label
              Fat Bastard Merlot 2020
              Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
                0.0 0 Ratings
                13 99
              • Les Jamelles Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Les Jamelles Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
                • TP90
                3.5 8 Ratings
                15 99
              • Duboeuf Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Duboeuf Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  18 99
                • Gerard Bertrand Change Merlot 2020  Front Label
                  Gerard Bertrand Change Merlot 2020
                  Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
                    4.1 24 Ratings
                    15 99
                  • Lynsolence (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                    Lynsolence (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
                    • JS95
                    • RP95
                    • JD93
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    37 97
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                  Learn about French Merlot wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

                  Merlot is justifiably famous for its role in Bordeaux, where it occupies over 60% of the acres under vine. It reaches its highest potential on the Right Bank when grown in the clay and gravel-based soils of Pomerol and the limestone and clay-based soils of Saint-Emilion. In both appellations it is commonly blended with Cabernet Franc, which is actually a genetic parent of Merlot. On the Left Bank this variety often plays more of a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon (Merlot’s half-sibling), which favors the gravelly soils on that side of the Gironde River.

                  While Merlot is capable of producing age worthy, first class wines, in sub-regions outside of those noted above, it can serve as the workhorse grape of Bordeaux for many reasons. It ripens early, especially in comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it a great hedge in difficult years when adverse weather can disrupt the latter’s harvest. It boasts a fruity, plummy fleshiness that offers delightful counterpoint to the sometimes intense structure of both Cabernets. Plus, it offers a friendly accessibility that allows it to be enjoyed younger.

                  In addition to being the number one grape in Bordeaux, it is also the most widely planted variety in all of France. Considerable plantings exist in SW France and in Languedoc-Roussillon, where over 70,000 acres are under cultivation. Merlot from these regions does not rise to the heights achieved on the Right Bank, but many good versions are made, especially when growers work to control the yields of these potentially prolific vines.

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