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Merlot - Pinot Noir

Merlot - Pinot Noir

When grown with care and passion, Pinot Noir is a fabulous and food friendly red. We have world class "cold climate" Pinot Noir from winemakers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Truly unique ones, too.

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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  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Pinot Noir Suisse Vin de Pays Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    Fresh fruity and typically Swiss Pinot Noir
  • Oeil de Perdrix Domaine de Montmollin

    Expressive, complex, interesting - the Swiss take rosé seriously
  • Grosse Reserve Rot Spaetrshuberot-Gebeshuber

  • Riflessi d'Epoca Guido Brivio

    "made the old way" Ticino Merlot
  • Touché Guido Brivio

    The perfectly balanced Merlot - fruit and body, still at a nice price, just right. "Touché" indeed.
  • Platinum Guido Brivio

    A masterpiece of concentration.
  • Dogaia Guido Brivio

    An extremely clever red blend. For those who like mineral reds but want a full body too
  • Terre Alte Bianco Gialdi

    Back soon. Fruity, fresh, but with surprising texture.
  • Sassi Grossi Gialdi

    One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
  • Pinot Noir Classic Weingut Christian Fischer

    Delicious Austrian Pinot Noir
  • Le Lézard Rouge Badoux Vins

    Ripasso-style wine of Pinot Noir over Garanoir. It's Pinot Noir with just a nudge of oomph
  • Pinot Noir No. 2 Schlossgut Bachtobel

    Classic Pinot Noir from Eastern Switzerland.
  • Pinot Noir Balavaud Grand Cru Cave Jean Rene Germanier

    Classic Pinot
  • Pinot Noir 'M' Cicero

    Last chance to snatch up this cult Pinot Noir.
  • Merlot Neuberg Alexs

    Fantastic Merlot from South Austria
  • Cuvée XXI Weingut Christ

    Vienna Bordeaux Blend - a bargain!
  • Merlot Saleggi Delea

    Merlot from Losone, Ticino
  • Cabernet Merlot Premium Weingut Christian Fischer

    A magnificent Cabernet Merlot blend from Fischer - grab it while you can.
  • Constellation

    The first attempt ambitious international blend of Valais Native grapes.
  • Point Cuvée Weingut Nigl

  • Anna Christina Franz / Christine Netzl

    Always amongst the best reds in Austria.
  • Baiocco Guido Brivio

    A crowd pleaser both for Merlot lovers and a surprise to the "I don't like Merlot" crowd.
  • Arzo Gialdi

    From the village of Arzo near Mendrizio comes this classic southern Ticino Merlot.
  • Trentasei Gialdi

    A supremely elegant Merlot. 36 months in barrel and smooth as silk
  • Electus Valais Mundi

    A wine created to raise expectations about Swiss wine to a whole new level.
  • Edles Tal Franz / Christine Netzl

    pulls off the elusive combination of power and finesse.
  • Contrada Bianco di Merlot Guido Brivio

    We're out of Terre Alte so you get Contrada at the price of Terre Alte :)
  • Grain Noir Marie-Therese Chappaz

    Cabernet and Merlot in Alpine purity
  • Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru Cave Jean Rene Germanier

    The classic Valais blend, balanced and harmonious¨
  • Pinot Noir Mario Barrique Chanton Wein

    Oaked Pinot from the highest area of the Valais
  • Terre Vivante - Assemblage Rouge Gregor Kuonen et Fils

    BIG, big red from Gregor Kuonen.
  • Pinot Noir Sekt Weingut Steininger

    If you took all the bubbles out, this would be a very good Pinot Noir.
  • Aigle Les Murailles Rouge Badoux Vins

    The new red partner of the iconic Aigle Les Murailles.
  • Pinot Noir (Selection) Weingut Hermann

    A few bottles available.
  • Pinot Noir Neuchâtel Domaine de Montmollin

    Smooth Pinot Noir, won Grand Or in Brussels in 2017
  • Ruistal Varone

    Bold blend from Valais.
  • Pinot Noir Yvorne Barrique de Chêne Badoux Vins

    Gone soon! Oaked Pinot Noir from the Chablais region.
  • Pinot Nero DOC Kellerei Kurtatsch

    Excellent Alto Adige Pinot Noir.
  • Grain Nature Marie-Therese Chappaz

    This is supremely elegant natural wine
  • Dole La Liaudisaz Marie-Therese Chappaz

    A gorgeous concentrated Dole, without being too serious
  • Pinot Noir de Vex Clos de la Couta Cave Jean Rene Germanier

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Margalit

    Cult Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot "Empreinte" Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    Back mid June!

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Pinot Noir has many other names, some of which may offer clues as to its origin - Blauburgunder, Bourguinon, Morillon and Savagnin Noir. It probably originates in France but there are many other theories which have it coming from Egypt, Italy and Germany.

The genealogy of Pinot is hugely impressive with a wide number of well known grapes coming from it particularly through its crossings with Gouais Blanc and Savagnin (not Sauvignon which are children of this crossing).

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