The other region of France that produces a lot of Merlot is the Languedoc-Roussillon; the plantations there have increased a lot over the past few decades because of the Merlot grape being easy to grow and reasonably resistant to diseases. The main characteristics of Merlot wine are notes of Cassis, red and black cherries and blackberry, the earthy notes would be found in black olives, fennel, leather and mushrooms. When the wine spends a lot of time in oak notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee will appear. The diversity that Merlot wines can offer make them a good pairing wine with a large range of foods from shellfish for the lighter style merlot to grilled meats for the stronger styled merlot wines.
At Wine Affairs, we offer a nice choice of merlot-based wines like the Bordeaux Cadillac from Chateau Brethous that is 100% merlot and offers amazing value for money, or the Saint-Emilion grand cru from Vignobles Bardet is another stunning wine.