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Franschhoek Cellar ‘The Old Museum’ Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa 2021£8.99 Mix 12£9.99 list priceSave £1.00
Les Foncanelles Merlot, Pays d’Oc, France 2021£8.99 Mix 12£9.99 list priceSave £1.00
Domaine du Seuil, Bordeaux France 2021£13.49 Mix 12£14.99 list priceSave £1.50
Domaine Du Grand Mayne Réserve Merlot Cabernet, Côtes de Duras, France 2019£15.29 Mix 12£16.99 list priceSave £1.70
Chateau du Seuil Graves Rouge Bordeaux France 2018£17.99 Mix 12£19.99 list priceSave £2.00
Chateau Cissac Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux 2019£19.79 Mix 12£21.99 list priceSave £2.20
Chateau Fleur de Jean Gué, Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux France 2020£21.59 Mix 12£23.99 list priceSave £2.40
Chateau Malescasse, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux France Cru Bourgeois 2014£26.99 Mix 12£29.99 list priceSave £3.00
Héritage du Seuil Graves Rouge Bordeaux 2015£31.49 Mix 12£34.99 list priceSave £3.50
Villa Cosmiana, Principessa Maria, Terre Di Pisa DOC, Italy, 2019£31.49 Mix 12£34.99 list priceSave £3.50
Promesse du Chateau Franc Maillet, Pomerol, France 2016£31.49 Mix 12£34.99 list priceSave £3.50
Over 600,000 acres of Merlot are planted around the world. The name ‘Merlot’ comes from a French word that roughly translates to ‘blackbird’. This likely refers to the appearance of the grapes, which are dark in colour. They tend to have thinner skins and fewer tannins per volume than Cabernet Sauvignon, and usually ripens earlier.
It’s often nicknamed an ‘easy red’, and is regularly recommended by experts as the first red wine someone should drink. It is also appealing for its ability to pair well with many types of food such as grilled meats and salmon. The lighter versions can also work well with shellfish such as prawn or scallops. It’s no wonder Merlot is one of the most popular red wines in the world!
Warm vs Cool Climate Merlot
Depending on where it’s grown, Merlot can take on subtly different characteristics.
Warm climate: When produced in warmer climates, Merlot tends to be fruitier, with refined tannins. As these wines are so bold, they are often aged in oak which adds notes of vanilla and chocolate. They are usually deep ruby in colour and are medium to full-bodied.
Cool climate: These Merlots tend to be more structured with earthy tones. When grown in cooler climates, it’s also often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s usually ruby or garnet in colour and can have slightly tart fruit flavours such as raspberry, cherry or plum.
What kind of Merlot does Fine Wines Direct UK offer?
We offer an eclectic range of Merlot wines, all available for home delivery or click and collect from our store in Cardiff, South Wales. Here is a selection of what we have.
Franschhoek Cellar ‘The Old Museum’ Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa 2019
This South African Merlot is bright ruby red, with a delicious nose of plum and black cherry complemented by herbal tea notes. It has a soft and juicy palate, with mouth-filling summer flavours and a smooth finish. This wine is fantastic on its own or with spicy sausages, roast lamb or spaghetti bolognese.
Les Foncanelles Merlot, Pays d’Oc, France 2020
This delicious French Merlot has a fruity and intense nose, mixed with spicy notes and hints of vanilla. A well balanced palate, it has a medium weight, silky tannins and notes of blackberry and plum. It’s a truly excellent accompaniment to grilled meats, vegetables and many types of cheese.
Chateau du Seuil Graves Rouge Bordeaux France 2018
A fantastic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red has cherry and blackberry on the nose, as well as herbaceous tones and tobacco notes. The result is a medium-bodied wine with fine tannins. Our experts suggest trying it with steak, roast lamb or tomato-based pasta sauces.
Domaine Du Grand Mayne Réserve Merlot Cabernet, Côtes de Duras, France 2018
A beautiful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It has a wonderful balance between richness and finesse, with a rich body softened by subtle flavours and tannins. Strong, powerful and with a great sensitivity, this wine is fantastic on its own or paired with red meats, game or chocolate.
Héritage du Seuil Graves Rouge Bordeaux 2015
This is the flagship wine of Chateau du Seuil, and for good reason. A glorious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has a concentrated colour with distinct berry fruit aromas and ripe smooth tannins. This is a beautifully balanced wine that is delicious on its own or with barbecued steak, roast lamb and stews.
Why buy from Fine Wines Direct UK?
We are proud to be purveyors of some of the highest quality Merlot and other wines from around the world. We have French, Italian Veneto Merlots and a whole range of others from award-winning producers. Whether you’re looking for a good quality table wine to go with dinner, or an extra-special bottle of bubbles for a big occasion, we will have the wine for you.
Our team is made up of experts in the wine industry, in fact we have a combined experience of over 100 years. It’s safe to say that you are in good hands when you choose to buy wine from us. If you’re a South Wales local, you’re more than welcome to pop down to our shop in Cardiff and we will help you pick out your next bottle.
If you’d like to be part of something special, we have an exclusive Cellar Wine Club. Our Cellar Wine Club members enjoy a whole range of benefits including savings of at least 15% on each case they receive and invitations to our annual trade tasting. Find out how to become a member here.
We offer quick and convenient home delivery across the UK. We can also host bespoke wine tasting events, which make for a great team building experience or evening out. Find out more about the services we offer by getting in touch.