Merlot is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Though seen by some as second-class (due in part by a certain film in the early 2000s ...), Merlot is absolutely a noble variety. Appearing at the end of the 18th century in the south-west France, Merlot owes its name to blackbirds, birds that particularly appreciated the flavors of these grapes. Today Merlot is the most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in the Bordeaux region, Merlot brings to the wine a beautiful dark and dense color. Regarding the aromatic bouquet, it offers more complexity. Dominated by the fragrance of red and black fruits, French Merlot exudes bold notes of blackberries, strawberries, currants, cassis, and violets. You can also find Merlot from California, Washington, Australia, Italy, and Chile. In a blend or on its own, it offers drinking pleasure in its youth or can age gracefully for decades.