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Merlot

Merlot is one of the world’s most popular, juicy, fruit intense and easiest drinking style of red wine, used as both a blending grape and for varietal Merlot wines. It is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions, being one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, making lush, plummy, velvety wine that softens Cabernet's more austere frame, having fewer tannins and being ready to drink sooner. Adaptable to most soil, Merlot is relatively simple to cultivate and is now found all over the world. However because it is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape, it requires savage pruning and it is vital to pick the Merlot grapes at optimum ripeness to prevent them quickly losing their varietal characteristics.