The French Merlot is considered one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide and was first mentioned in documents in Bordeaux in the 18th century.
Vineyard area 2019
Cultivation and signification
French Merlot is one of the most popular red wine varieties in the world and was first mentioned in documents in Bordeaux in the 18th century. The grape variety has also established itself in Germany and was cultivated on 886 hectares of planted vineyards in 2022, most of which are located in the Palatinate (404 hectares) and Rheinhessen (235 hectares).
Vinification and flavour
The grape variety ripens early and produces high must weights. The velvety-soft character of Merlot wine makes it the perfect cuvée partner, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon. When vinified as a single variety, its dark red colour promises a great aroma of plums and cherries, while the soft tannins also add notes of blackberries and blueberries. Wines matured in barriques accompany strong dishes such as lamb or beef, while a simple Merlot is suitable for lighter dishes or can also be enjoyed as an all-rounder without culinary accompaniment.
At a glance
- natural cross of Cabernet Franc x Magdeleine Noire des Charentes
- early ripening, high must weight
- flavour: cherries, plums, blackcurrants, ivy notes
Where does the name Merlot come from?
The name "Merlot" comes from Merle (blackbird) and is meant to refer to the blackbird's preference for this variety.