Merlot - soft and smooth
Importance and cultivation
The French Merlot is considered one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide and was first mentioned in documents in Bordeaux in the 18th century.
The grape variety has also established itself in Germany and and has entered the top ten red wine varieties of Germany. It was cultivated on 836 hectares of vineyards in 2021, most of the areas are in the Palatinate (388 ha) and in Rheinhessen (221 ha).The grape variety ripens early and produces high must weights.
Flavour and food companion
The velvety soft character of the Merlot wine makes it the perfect cuvée partner, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon. When vinified as a single variety, its dark red color promises a great aroma of plums and cherries, the soft tannins also bring notes of blackberries and blueberries. Wines matured in barriques accompany strong dishes such as lamb or beef, a simple Merlot is suitable for lighter dishes or can be enjoyed as an all-rounder without culinary accompaniment.