This is the most common grape variety in Bordeaux. It is characteristically supple and round, adding plenty of colour and the aroma of fleshy red fruits like plum, fig, and often roasted notes after a few years of ageing. Its secret: cool, moist soil is where it is best able to express its full potential.
What an odd name!
The name Merlot comes from its resemblance to the blue-black plumage of the blackbird (merle). Born of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes, Merlot was once called Merlau, Plant Médoc, Sémillon Rouge, Béguey, Picard, Alicante, and Crabutet Noir.