Merlot [mur-low]

Definition: The principal red grape of Pomerol and St. Emillion in Bordeaux.

Grown primarily in: Australia, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, South Africa and United States

Best Climate: Warm

Winemaking: Like cabernet sauvignon, merlot is usually blended with the other "Bordeaux" varietals (cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petite verdot, malbec). It benefits from oak aging and aging in general.

Nose: Red and black fruits, plum, spice, coffee/tea, oak.

Mouth: Medium to full body. Mild tannins with generally a softer, fleshier palate than cabernet.

Note: Merlot is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux. It is the principal grape used to make the world-famous Chateau Petrus. It is the fastest growing varietal wine in the United States.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel