deVine Thoughts

November 2, 2019

Merlot Ascendency

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:19 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

It has taken Merlot more than a decade to overcome the negative impacts from Sideways and get back to the position in the wine world it truly belongs in. The grape is a very sensual, sexy grape when done right, and they come in all sorts of price points. Anything green and stemmy is to be avoided, but the well made ones are oh so easy to drink because of abundant dark fruits and more than anything, a smooth and velvety palate. This juxtaposes again Cabernet Sauvignon that has the tannic palate reminiscent of sucking on a tea bag.

So next time you’re in, pick up a Merlot or a Merlot dominant wine and see if it changes your perception of the grape.

Below are five well made Merlots from five different countries – pictured left to right:

2017 Vinaria Bostavan Daos Merlot (Moldova) – $20.99
2015 Ronan By Clinet (Bordeaux, France) – $24.99
2017 Odfjell Armador Merlot (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $21.49providence_2009
2015 Silenus Merlot (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $66.99
2017 Burrowing Owl Merlot (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $39.99

Some believe the highest form of Merlot is in Pomerol, in the right bank of Bordeaux. Here are a few recommendations for those who want to explore the best:

2008 Château Latour a Pomerol (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $149.99
2009 Château La Providence (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $199.99
1995 Château Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $319.99

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