Definition of Merlot in US English:

Merlot

(also merlot)

noun

  • 1A variety of black wine grape originally from the Bordeaux region of France.

    • ‘Most of the growers who thin their crop grow Cabernet and Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties.’
    • ‘On 15 acres, they have seven Bourdeaux varietals, including Merlots, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.’
    • ‘This is a robust red; a complex French contingent of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and even Cabernet Franc, are propelled to another level of power with an inspired dash of charismatic Shiraz.’
    • ‘Blended with international grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Vega Sicilia is aged for a decade or more in oak.’
    • ‘You can find Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Negro and Merlot in the Trentino region of Italy, but you can find those grapes all over the world.’
    • ‘Such French vine varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and some Pinot Noir were planted.’
    • ‘The vines are Sauvignon and Semillon for the sweet wine and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the AC Bordeaux.’
    • ‘Of all the red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are the most recognized.’
    • ‘Malbec is a grape often blended with other reds, typically the Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.’
    • ‘Purists may disagree with me, but I'm convinced that some red grapes - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache are good examples - taste much better blended than they do in isolation.’
    • ‘Bordeaux is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot… ding-ding-ding!’
    • ‘Malbec is a blending grape in France and Australia, and is particularly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux or Bordeaux blend wines.’
    • ‘So Chardonnay emerged to bypass Burgundian history and land prices; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot arose to compete with Bordeaux, and Shiraz took on the Rhone.’
    • ‘You could, for example, taste wines from one grape variety such as Merlot, and compare Merlots from around the world.’
    • ‘First plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, totalling nearly 40 hectares, are scheduled to take place in June 2004.’
    • ‘The evidence of xylem dysfunction comes primarily from microscopic examination and dye uptake studies with a number of grape varieties, namely; Muscat Gordo Blanco, Riesling, Pinot noir, and Merlot.’
    • ‘These birds and bees help ensure the health and productivity of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and other Bordeaux grapes whose vines embroider the hills with neat rows of green.’
    • ‘In 1974, he planted famous varietals like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.’
    • ‘Climatic factors were decisive in producing top quality wines from the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.’
    • ‘Prices for multi-purpose grapes have fallen sharply as Americans have shifted to varietal wines made from Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Chardonnay grapes.’
    1. 1.1 A red wine made from the Merlot grape.
      • ‘So European Merlots were out, as were American.’
      • ‘She poured samples of Merlot into three different shaped glasses (champagne flute, a Y-shaped martini glass and a broad, but tapered Bordeaux glass).’
      • ‘Most of the best red Merlots carry the VITI seal, for which they must be tasted and assessed, while pale pink Merlot Bianco has been popular.’
      • ‘Wines (mentioned before) are surprisingly excellent with Pinots and Merlots the world should definitely know more about.’
      • ‘If Cabernet Sauvignon is not available, secondary synonyms may serve as intriguing substitutes: Syrah, Petite Syrah, Rhone style blends, substantial Merlots, and powerful Zinfandels.’
      • ‘Every year the wines released - Cabs, Merlots, Syrahs, Chardonnays, and other interesting whites - are more exciting than ever.’
      • ‘The list of Italy's great Merlots is shorter than Toulouse Lautrec's trousers, especially Merlots costing less than £6.50.’
      • ‘This small winery has tastings of its Merlots, Chardonnays, and Zinfandels.’
      • ‘Most good wines for salad have two things in common: They're not very oaky (which eliminates most Chardonnays), and they're not very tannic (which takes care of many Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons).’
      • ‘To partner spicy or peppery dishes, New World Cabernets and Merlots generally stand up better than their European equivalents.’
      • ‘You could, for example, taste wines from one grape variety such as Merlot, and compare Merlots from around the world.’
      • ‘Among reds, an overabundance of Merlots on the market means they're attractively priced.’
      • ‘I am really not serious about wine so watching him stare at the Merlots, hand on his chin, ‘waiting for inspiration’, struck me as riotously funny.’
      • ‘If you enjoy drinking Merlots when everyone else is drinking Pinot Noirs, that's okay.’
      • ‘In the town of Carmel Valley, we stopped at Chateau Julien Wine Estate, where you get a free tasting of Merlots and Chardonnays while taking a 30-minute tour of the French-Swiss estate.’
      • ‘But if I'm looking for imported sparkling white wine, all the info you have about Merlots is useless.’
      • ‘Like a wine connoisseur sampling various Merlots, I can now walk into a fine art gallery or museum and intuitively understand the photography and its value, or lack thereof.’
      • ‘Later on he handed me a list. ‘Try Merlots,’ he said, ‘sometimes mixed with Syrah for spice.’
      • ‘For meat and spuds, a good claret is your best choice. Cabernets and Merlots from California and hearty Shiraz from Australia are far better options than over-priced Bordeaux.’
      • ‘The 24 California red wines we sampled ranged from soft, mellow Merlots to full-bodied, tannic (puckery and slightly astringent) Cabernet Sauvignons.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

Merlot

/mərˈlō/