Here is a collection of interesting facts
about Merlot wines:
In recent times, Merlot is the most planted variety of grape in France. In terms of planting popularity, it ranks even higher than the Cabernet Sauvignon of Bordeaux or Burgundy’s Pinot Noir.
Merlot wines are the product of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes grapes.
Merlot grapes are quite difficult to grow, even more so than Cabernet. They have very thin skins and are very affected by their soil and the weather. The good thing is that they can be harvested about two weeks earlier than most other varieties.
Merlot is planted quite extensively in Italy, and particularly in Tuscany. It is a part of the ‘Super Tuscan’ group.