The second most well-known grape in the world has its aficionados and its haters (maybe it’s a too strong word, but you get it!), from the very cheap chilean version to the star of the stars Chateau Petrus, Merlot can express from the juiciest of a cherry to the delicacy of floral notes. All depends from the winemaker and the climate, in a word: Le Terroir. It’s a thin grape, fragile and very sensitive to the climate and any wine making process.

Best places for wines made from Merlot

France

(Again)

Bordeaux, Right bank

(I know!)
AOC St Emilion (blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, on its own in Pomerol (Chateau Petrus).
Price: ££-£££££

Italy

Tuscany

IGP Super-Toscan
Price: ££££

U.S.A

California, Napa Valley

Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or on its own.
Price: ££-£££

U.S.A

Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, Red Moutain

Blended or solo
Price: £-£££

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