Merlot is a red wine grape, which is mainly used as an ingredient in Cabernet Sauvignon in order to make the wine dry, smooth and rich in flavour. Merlot is gentle, fleshy and thin in taste. Its wine are very sweet. In this article we are going to discuss about Merlot and the climatic conditions required for its adequate growth, the use of Merlot in Cabernet Sauvignon and the reason for Merlot’s popularity.
What do you know about Merlot?
Merlot is a red wine grape, which is used as an ingredient for varietal wines. The wines which are produced using Merlot are usually medium body with a taste of berry, currant and plum. Its gentleness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier maturing, makes Merlot an ideal grape to mix with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Under what conditions does Merlot grow quickly?
Merlot is the most widely planted grape in the entire region of Bordeaux and it is in third place, behind the carignan and grenache as the most planted variety in France. The best quality Merlot grows in rocky, arid soil, but it is quite flexible and is growing better in clay based soils than cabernets, even in damp and cold climates. As Merlot buds and flowers quickly, producers’ main concern is to prevent the flower and buds from damaging due to the rain, frost, early spring or heat waves. Merlot is a relatively a thin skinned grape which has more tendency to perish.
Why Merlot is used in making Cabernet Sauvignon?
Merlot grapes are a close cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon in many aspects. It is lower in tannins and is used in making wines which mature faster and it is also thin skinned. Merlot is mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon to soften the mixture. Merlot makes a wine which is dry, smooth and rich in flavor because it ends up in the throat. Sometimes, Merlot makes wine which is dry but thin in taste and texture, and they are not pleasurable to drink. Mostly we all come across with good quality.
Do you know the reason for Merlot’s popularity?
Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in the Bordeaux region of France, but it is outshined in stature than cabernet sauvignon, the grape with which it is regularly mixed. Merlot which is thin skinned ripens earlier in the season and the cabernet sauvignon will rip later due to a variety of ailments such as mildew, early spring etc. It is more adaptable to colder climates than cabernet sauvignon but it prefers a warm environment for growth. Merlot generally has ripe berry elements in the bunch. Its wines tend to be fruity, sweet and smooth in texture. Choose Merlots which is having long aging potential, but most of the people are ready to utilize from 4 to 8 years. Merlot is usually bottled in a Bordeaux bottle. Merlot’s popularity is due to the fact that it is softer, fruitier, and earlier-maturing than cabernet sauvignon. It exhibits many of the same smell and flavor of currant, cedar, black cherry, and green olive along with tobacco, mint and tea leaves tons. Although enjoyable as wine, it is widely used for blending with cabernet sauvignon.
Merlot is more vulnerable to disease fungus and mold, and therefore a little more difficult to cultivate. Merlot varies greatly in quality throughout the world, based on the location and producer. Merlot is more vulnerable to disease fungus and mold, and therefore a little more difficult to cultivate. Merlot varies greatly in quality throughout the world, based on the location and producer.