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Our Wines - Merlot

Our Wines - 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. Douce Noire
    Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

  2. Touché
    Guido Brivio

  3. Platinum
    Guido Brivio

    A masterpiece of concentration. Learn More

  4. Dogaia
    Guido Brivio

  5. Sassi Grossi
    Gialdi

    One of my favourite Merlots anywhere! Learn More

  6. Riedenthal Reserve
    Weingut Breitenfelder

  7. Cuvée XXI
    Weingut Christ

  8. Merlot Saleggi
    Delea

    Merlot from Losone, Ticino Learn More

  9. Cabernet Merlot Premium
    Weingut Christian Fischer

  10. Merlot Premium
    Weingut Christian Fischer

  11. Anna Christina
    Franz / Christine Netzl

    The best red wine in Austria 2015 - Falstaff. Learn More

  12. Baiocco
    Guido Brivio

    Classic fruity "Grotto" Merlot. Learn More

  13. Arzo
    Gialdi

    Mendrizio Merlot Learn More

  14. Trentasei
    Gialdi

    36 months in barrel and smooth as silk Learn More

  15. Electus
    Valais Mundi

    A wine created to raise expectations about Swiss wine to a whole new level. Learn More

  16. Edles Tal
    Franz / Christine Netzl

  17. Merlot "Empreinte"
    Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    Back mid June! Learn More

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