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French Merlot Wine

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Merlot is justifiably famous for its role in Bordeaux, where it occupies over 60% of the acres under vine. It reaches its highest potential on the Right Bank when grown in the clay and gravel-based soils of Pomerol and the limestone and clay-based soils of Saint-Emilion. In both appellations it is commonly blended with Cabernet Franc, which is actually a genetic parent of Merlot. On the Left Bank this variety often plays more of a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon (Merlot’s half-sibling), which favors the gravelly soils on that side of the Gironde River.

While Merlot is capable of producing age worthy, first class wines, in sub-regions outside of those noted above, it can serve as the workhorse grape of Bordeaux for many reasons. It ripens early, especially in comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it a great hedge in difficult years when adverse weather can disrupt the latter’s harvest. It boasts a fruity, plummy fleshiness that offers delightful counterpoint to the sometimes intense structure of both Cabernets. Plus, it offers a friendly accessibility that allows it to be enjoyed younger.

In addition to being the number one grape in Bordeaux, it is also the most widely planted variety in all of France. Considerable plantings exist in SW France and in Languedoc-Roussillon, where over 70,000 acres are under cultivation. Merlot from these regions does not rise to the heights achieved on the Right Bank, but many good versions are made, especially when growers work to control the yields of these potentially prolific vines.

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  • Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus de La Fleur de Bouard 2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus de La Fleur de Bouard 2009
    Merlot from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Jamelles Merlot - Vins de Pays D'Oc 2009 Front Label
    Les Jamelles Merlot - Vins de Pays D'Oc 2009
    Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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    • Chateau Carignan Prima 2009 Front Label
      Chateau Carignan Prima 2009
      Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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    • HobNob Merlot 2009 Front Label
      HobNob Merlot 2009
      Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Chateau Les Gravieres  2009 Front Label
        Chateau Les Gravieres 2009
        Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau St. Georges Trilogie 2009 Front Label
        Chateau St. Georges Trilogie 2009
        Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau La Fleur de Gay  2009 Front Label
          Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2009
          Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Larteau  2009 Front Label
          Chateau Larteau 2009
          Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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          • Joseph Janoueix Clos des Litanies 2009 Front Label
            Joseph Janoueix Clos des Litanies 2009
            Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Domaine de l'Arjolle Synthese 2009 Front Label
              Domaine de l'Arjolle Synthese 2009
              Merlot from France
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              • Jean-Baptiste Audy Lussac-Saint-Emilion Chateau du Courlat Cuvee Jean-Baptiste 2009 Front Label
                Jean-Baptiste Audy Lussac-Saint-Emilion Chateau du Courlat Cuvee Jean-Baptiste 2009
                Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau La Colline Merlot 2009 Front Label
                  Chateau La Colline Merlot 2009
                  Merlot from Southwest, France
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                  • Jean Pierre Moueix Vins Christian Moueix Merlot 2009 Front Label
                    Jean Pierre Moueix Vins Christian Moueix Merlot 2009
                    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau de Lisennes Bordeaux Cuvee Prestige Superieur 2009 Front Label
                      Chateau de Lisennes Bordeaux Cuvee Prestige Superieur 2009
                      Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                      • Chateau Martet Reserve de la Famille 2009 Front Label
                        Chateau Martet Reserve de la Famille 2009
                        Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                        • Baron Herzog Selection Merlot 2009  Front Label
                          Baron Herzog Selection Merlot 2009
                          Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                          • Chateau La Galante Bordeaux Chateau Lande de Bertin 2009 Front Label
                            Chateau La Galante Bordeaux Chateau Lande de Bertin 2009
                            Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                            • Barton & Guestier Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
                              Barton & Guestier Reserve Merlot 2009
                              Merlot from Vin de France, France
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                              • Vignobles Rollet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Chateau du Vieux Guinot Osage 2009 Front Label
                                Vignobles Rollet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Chateau du Vieux Guinot Osage 2009
                                Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                                • Maison Riviere La Fleur de Chateau Haut Piquat 2009 Front Label
                                  Maison Riviere La Fleur de Chateau Haut Piquat 2009
                                  Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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