Guided Tasting – Merlot (and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Bordeaux
It’s time to open your third bottle – the Voyage de Lanessan Bordeaux.
MERLOT WINE FACTS
What does Bordeaux mean? This means a wine comes from the Bordeaux region of France and is made out of the traditional Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, (and to a lesser extent Malbec). Generally, a Bordeaux is a blended wine – meaning more than one varietal goes into the wine.
Merlot – indigenous to the Bordeaux region, is a wine that has medium tannin level and an amazing texture. Its soft and supple and makes it a great blending partner to round out other wines. It ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and is grown throughout the world. Its very fruit forward, plush, and silky smoooth….
Cabernet Sauvignon – also from Bordeaux – is a wine that is heavier than Merlot. It has more tannins and is more concentrated than Merlot. This high tannin level gives a wine that can be aged for decades. Cab Sauv is also very fruity, but with more blackberry and savory flavors. It adds a lot of complexity to the wine. Do you know the white wine of Bordeaux? You may have had it in last month’s selection…the Sauvignon Blanc!
Want more info on Bordeaux? Check out our Quick Guide to Bordeaux here!
MERLOT WINE TIPS
Generally, Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like peanut butter and jelly, these two grapes are greater than the sum of their parts…which you should taste now.