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Merlot (mer-low)

Merlot (mer-low)

Were we to look for protagonists amongst grapes, then Merlot is a name that ought to appear high on that list.
Famous across the globe, but mostly proud of its contribution to the Bordeaux blend, vinified along Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The most planted grape varietal of France , it grows mostly on the east side of Bordeaux, also called the right bank (of the Girond river).
Derives meaning for the word “merle” meaning blackbird.

An early ripening variety, favouring dry soils, but with also great adaptation to clay soils. The grapeskin is thin making Merlot sensitive to rot and several other ailments under circumstance.

Outside of France, countries with the most Merlot plantings are Italy, where we find Merlot in thefamous Chianti and Super Tuscans blends, America, Chile and Australia. in Greece we find it in blends with Greek or International varietals like Xinomavro, Agiorgitiko, Syrah and of course Cabernet Sauvignon, in red or rose vinifications.

Usually has a ruby colour, medium body, soft acidity and tanins.
Commonly it will give out a bouquet of red and black fruit, with more pronounced cherries, berries and plum. 
As a lover of oak, it will often give out aromas of vanilla and smoke.

A pleasant wine on its own due to its rich and soft structure but also a satisfactory pairing to meat (best with slowcooked meat), even poultry, cooked in any style, while also a versatile pair to pasta, mushrooms and roasted vegetables or edible roots.

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