What is Merlot?

By Kuan Yew Tan / September 17, 2020

Merlot is made primarily from the Vitis vinifera species.  The many wines associated with a merlot include the Bouchet, Bouche, Petit-Bouchet, Petit-Cabernet, Petit-Vidure, Vidure and Sauvignon Rouge.  The origin of the wine is from the Bordeaux grape.  It is also thought to be produced from a mutated grape from Biturica.  Merlot is a red wine.  The word is French and means many kinds of thrushes.

Merlot is produced in France, Italy, California, Romania, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Croatia, Hungary, and more.  The role of Merlot is to add body and softness.  Some blends have a sweet taste and it is most commonly noted for the balanced acid levels.

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