Tag: merlot

Merlot: rags and riches

It is widely grown around the world, and its wines range from the simple and juicy to the sublime and ethereal. But Merlot reaches its zenith on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, says Mark Pardoe MW. It would probably be faster to list the wine-producing countries where Merlot is not grown. This is a ubiquitous grape variety, […]

On the pour: Chinese wine

Each month we share a little bit more about just one of the bottles available to taste in our London shop. This month Joshua Friend picks something a little unusual: a Cabernet blend from Ningxia in China

The changing face of Chile

Following a recent trip to the country, Fergus Stewart – from our Fine Wine team – traces Chile’s path to fine wine fame, identifying the key producers that make it worth any oenophile’s attentions For a country with a proud and long history of winemaking, dating back to the Conquistadors’ arrival in the 16th century, […]

Bordeaux 2015: Merlot’s moment?

Our man in Bordeaux – Jonathan White – reports on day one of the team’s week tasting Bordeaux 2015 en primeur, with preliminary thoughts on the importance of Merlot, how the vintage compares to 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the finesse exhibited thus far. We arrived in Bordeaux wondering just how good the 2015 vintage […]