7 Yummy Merlot Facts
Merlot is a thinner-skinned red wine grape that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. Merlot is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc (it’s in fact said to be a descendant of Cab Franc). Dry in style with a medium to full-bodied palate presence, here are some yummy merlot facts.
1. Merlot is the most planted variety in France
Although it might seem like cabernet sauvignon grapes from the acclaimed Bordeaux region or the expensive Pinot noir from burgundy are the most planted grape varieties, merlot is currently the most planted grape variety in France.
2. Merlot is the product of a union between Cabernet Franc and Magdaleine Noire des Charentes
Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc (the father) and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes (the mother).
3. Merlot is very difficult to grow
Merlot is harder to grow than cabernet sauvignon. The grape is very sensitive to its environment and proper care and attention has to be given to the grapes. They do have a major benefit over cabernet, as they ripen up to two weeks earlier. Next time you have a glass of merlot, remember to appreciate the farmers.
4. Merlot is very popular in Italy
- Merlot is Italy’s 5th most planted grape. Merlot is popular in the IGT wines of Tuscany commonly referred to as “Super Tuscans”
5. Merlot is very sensitive to light
- Because Merlot wine is so sensitive to light, Merlot based wines tinge orange on the rim. The orange rim is the telltale sign of Merlot vs. Cabernet Sauvignon.
6. There’s a bottle of Merlot that costs $1,870
The famous Right Bank Bordeaux called Chateau Petrus is mostly merlot and costs $1,870.
7. American Oak is great for producing Merlot
Merlot produced with American Oak are usually rich like a Cabernet Sauvignon.