Which country makes the best Merlot
The French Merlot is one of the most popular red wine varieties in the world. Its origin can be traced back to Bordelais, nowadays this vine can be found especially around the Bordeaux wine-growing region. It is also used in the wine of the same name, as it harmonizes particularly well with other varieties. The most exclusive wine in the world, the Château Pétrus, is also made from Merlot grapes. The variety is mainly used in cuvées together with Cabernet Sauvignon, but single-variety Merlot wines also exist overseas.
Merlot: French excellence
Some of the best Merlots in the world come from France, where the vine comes from. The variety is mainly grown around Bordeaux. But other sufficiently warm areas also provide good conditions for the vine. Excellent Merlot wines also come from Italy and Germany. But the wine countries Chile and the USA have also found favor with this special grape. Here they are mostly used to produce pure Merlots, which are rarely found in Europe.
Harmony & fullness
The velvety soft character of the Merlot wine makes it perfect for a cuvée. It ensures a harmonious taste of the red wine, for which it is so valued. Its dark red color promises a great aroma of plums and cherries. The soft tannins also bring notes of blackberries and blueberries. The low acidity makes the Merlot a smooth, full-bodied wine that many appreciate. Maturing can make the Merlot wine even softer, with the fruit aromas then disappearing behind a herbal note. Its harmony and early accessibility make this vine a real all-rounder. Try it. A Merlot wine is the perfect partner, especially for lamb and beef.
In addition to the red Merlot, there is also the Merlot Blanc, a French white wine that is grown in small quantities in Bordeaux. It produces a soft, berry-like wine that is, however, much lighter and drier than its red relative.
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