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Merlot Myths and Misconceptions: Separating Fact from Fiction

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Merlot, the velvety and approachable red wine, has often found itself at the center of both praise and critique. It's time to set the record straight and unravel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this beloved varietal.

Tyrian Clouds Merlot

Myth 1: Merlot is Only for Beginners

One common misconception is that Merlot is a beginner's wine, lacking the complexity of other varietals. In reality, Merlot offers a wide spectrum of flavours and aromas, from ripe plums and cherries to tobacco undertones. Its soft tannins and approachable nature make it a versatile choice for both newcomers and seasoned wine connoisseurs.

Myth 2: All Merlots Taste the Same

Not all Merlots are created equal. The taste of Merlot can vary significantly based on factors like the region it's from and the winemaking techniques employed. When picked just as it ripens, it's light to medium-bodied with notes of strawberry and red plum. In warmer climates or when harvested later, it becomes medium to full-bodied with blackberry and plum notes. From the lush Merlots of Napa Valley to the structured wines of Bordeaux, there's a Merlot for every palate.

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Tyrian Clouds Merlot

Tyrian Clouds Merlot Discover Tyrian Clouds wines, the embodiment of Western Australia's everyday wine excellence. This Merlot is a gem not to be overlooked. In this soft, medium-bodied red wine, you'll find a wealth of blackcurrant, subtly accompanied by a hint of pepper and delicate herbaceous notes. It's an experience worth savouring. Get it here

Myth 3: Merlot Doesn't Age Well

Some believe that Merlot doesn't age as gracefully as other red wines. While it's true that Merlot generally has a shorter aging potential compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, many Merlots can develop beautifully over time. The key is to choose the right Merlot and store it properly. Full-bodied Merlot gains complexity and softness when aged in oak barrels. As it matures, it develops intriguing dried fruit and tobacco notes, adding layers of flavour and depth.

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​Chateau Pavie Macquin Premiere Grand Cru Classe

​Chateau Pavie Macquin Premiere Grand Cru Classe

This premier wine blend comprises 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, meticulously crafted from the finest grapes cultivated in the renowned vineyards of the St.-Emilion appellation. Right from the start, the wine impresses with its exquisite bouquet, characterized by the presence of black fruits with delicate hints of violets. On the palate, it delivers remarkable intensity, maintaining a graceful tautness without excessive richness. There's no abundance of extract here, just a pure and fresh experience.

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Myth 4: Merlot is Always Sweet

Merlot isn't synonymous with sweetness. It can range from dry to slightly sweet, depending on the winemaking process. If you prefer a drier style, explore Merlots from regions like Pomerol in Bordeaux.

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Chateau Petit Village

Chateau Petit Village Pomerol The experience begins with a classic Pomerol aroma, featuring robust blackberry notes and a subtle hint of iodine. On the palate, it reveals a medium body, delicate tannins, impressive depth, and a finish that exudes excellence. Crafted from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this wine marks a significant moment as it's the debut creation of Diana Garcia Berrouet, the daughter-in-law of the renowned Jean-Claude, for those familiar with the name. Read more here

Myth 5: Merlot Can't Be Paired with Food

Merlot's food-pairing capabilities are often underestimated. Its moderate tannins and versatile flavour profile make it an excellent match for a variety of dishes. Try it with roasted meats, pasta, or even a classic cheese platter. Discover more Merlot food pairings here.

Ready to explore the world of Merlot? Discover our diverse selection of exquisite Merlots and other fine wines on our wine list. If you have any questions or need personalized recommendations, feel free to call our wine experts at +65 96749368. Here's to enjoying the rich and diverse world of Merlot!




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