Merlot is a black grape variety that appeared at the end of the 18th century. It is produced in most of the Bordeaux terroirs (it originates from the Gironde) , where it represents 58% of the vineyard area.
What kind of wine is Merlot
This vine prefers fresh and clayey-limestone soils, and owes its name to the particular predilection that the blackbird has for its berries. Participate in the blending of some of the most prestigious wines in the world, such as the legendary Château Pétrus, which is made with 95% Merlot .
Dark in color and dense, with aromas of red and black fruits and a superb aromatic palette, Merlot transforms as it ages to give way to notes of plums, undergrowth and spices. The palate is soft with distinct tannins . It is often paired with Cabernet Sauvignon . Merlot is no longer the exclusivity of Bordeaux, it is now vinified all over the world. In Italy it is present above all in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions.
What does Merlot go with?
Merlot is considered a wine for all meals. it is the ideal companion to red meat dishes, stews, boiled meats, white meats, cheese selections, risottos and first courses with elaborate sauces .