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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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  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Starting at: £37.45

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Bianco Rovere Guido Brivio

    Starting at: £37.69

    An elegantly oaked white Merlot. Guaranteed surprise!
  • Veratina Cuvée Weninger

    Starting at: £20.40

    A work of art blend
  • Riflessi d'Epoca Guido Brivio

    Starting at: £47.54

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

    Starting at: £33.24

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

    Starting at: £100.55

    A masterpiece of concentration.
  • Dogaia Guido Brivio

    Starting at: £36.26

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

    Starting at: £60.17

    One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
  • Merlot Neuberg Alexs

    Starting at: £28.80

    Fantastic Merlot from South Austria
  • Riedenthal Reserve Weingut Breitenfelder

    Starting at: £20.52

    Seriously good blend
  • Cuvée XXI Weingut Christ

    Starting at: £36.25

    Vienna Bordeaux Blend - a bargain!
  • Merlot Saleggi Delea

    Starting at: £31.42

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

    Starting at: £24.00

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

    Starting at: £82.04

    The first attempt ambitious international blend of Valais Native grapes.
  • Runchet Bianco Tamborini

    Starting at: £23.80

    Mature white merlot, very nice!
  • Point Cuvée Weingut Nigl

    Starting at: £26.93

  • Merlot "Grandmaître" Barrique Gregor Kuonen et Fils

    Starting at: £45.60

    For the Merlot lover this is a treat
  • Anna Christina Franz / Christine Netzl

    Starting at: £32.64

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

    Starting at: £24.95

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

    Starting at: £39.64

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

    Starting at: £107.28

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

    Starting at: £107.28

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

    Starting at: £21.66

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

    Starting at: £22.18

    We're out of Terre Alte so you get Contrada at the price of Terre Alte :)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Margalit

    Starting at: £37.73

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

    Starting at: £20.48

    Back mid June!

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