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History and features of  Merlot

Merlot is a black grape variety, native to Gironde, in the South-West of France, and in particular the Bordeaux area from which some of the most prestigious wines in the world are born (in a blend with Cabernet). In most of the wine-growing areas of the world, Merlot is invariably accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon. the two vines are perfectly integrated: the first giving the wine its full and ripe fruit, the second, more tannic, a greater aristocracy and longevity. In the Bordeaux area it is customary, depending on the area, to add a percentage of Cabernet Franc to the wine composition, which, in addition to a fruity component, gives it pleasant herbaceous and vegetal sensations. In Italy the Merlot has reached the end of 1800, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and then spread quickly in Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige where it has found ideal environmental conditions, but it is now widespread in many other regions, with sometimes surprising results, even without the contribution of other grapes.

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