Merlot

Merlot, although often used as a grape for blending (often with Cabernet Sauvignon), is a grape that produces some excellent single variety wine. It can be glorious on its own as seen in some of the wines from Pomerol and St. Emillion and this glory can be found in other expressions of the grape throughout the world.

A few places in Italy grow Merlot for this purpose and there are also excellent Merlots created in Valais and Thermenregion in Switzerland, but in that country it is to Ticino that we turn to find some wonderful single variety Merlot wines.

Ticino is of course right next to Italy and that is the language predominantly spoken there. Here they make Merlot into both red and white wine. Unlike the majority of ‘White Merlot’ this really is a white wine and not a rosé.

There seems no doubt that Merlot originated in France but it has spread throughout the world and can be found in most winemaking countries.

Following much DNA analysis and some archaeological searching worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it has now been established that Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. It has other well-known siblings – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot and the grape that was so often confused with Merlot, Carmenère.

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  1. Dogaia
    2012
    £41.94
  2. Edles Tal
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  3. Merlot "Empreinte"
    2015
    £24.77
  4. Point Cuvée
  5. Merlot Neuberg 2006, ALEXS
    £32.40
  6. Dogaia 2012, Brivio
    £41.94
  7. Contrada Bianco di Merlot 2016
    £26.72
  8. Terre Alte Bianco di Merlot 2018 Gialdi
    £25.74
  9. Merlot Neuberg
    2006
    £32.40
  10. Riedenthal Reserve
  11. Chiar di Luna Merlot Bianco DOC Ticino
  12. Cabernet Merlot Premium
    2004
    £31.57
  13. Bianco Rovere
    2018
    £45.16
  14. Platinum
    2011
    £116.45
    2013
    £116.45
  15. Arzo
    2012
    £45.84
  16. Electus
    2011
    £109.62
  17. Trentasei
    2012
    £124.25
  18. Touché
  19. Riflessi d'Epoca
    2016
    £55.01
  20. Anna Christina
    2012
    £36.94
  21. Cuvée XXI 2005, WEINGUT CHRIST
    £41.04
  22. Merlot Empreinte 2015, Cave de la Côte
    £24.77
  23. Grain Noir, 2017, Chappaz
    £86.89
  24. Douce Noire
    2010
    £43.30
    2012
    £43.30
  25. Merlot d'Yvorne "Lettres de Noblesse"
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  26. Cuvée XXI
    2005
    £41.04
  27. Merlot Saleggi
    2011
    £36.30
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  28. Constellation
    2009
    £94.99
  29. Baiocco
    2017
    £28.97
  30. Terre Alte Bianco
    2018
    £25.74
  31. Sassi Grossi
    2016
    £69.64
  32. Merlot Premium
    2004
    £35.08
  33. Grain Noir
    2017
    £86.89
  34. Gradenthal
  35. Contrada Bianco di Merlot
    2016
    £26.72
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