“If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving. I am not drinking any f@£$ing Merlot!” The irrational hatred that Paul Giamatti’s character had for merlot in the wine-lovers’ film Sideways had a profound, lasting impact on merlot sales. Bordeaux producers don’t tend to put the grape variety on the label, so St Emilion may have avoided the multi-million Pound/Dollar/Euro damage the throwaway line did to global merlot sales. The ability to discern from a sip of Bordeaux whether it is from the left or right bank of the river was seen as the mark of a (pretentious) connoisseur; in truth it’s not that great a trick – the Right Bank produces blends that are mostly Merlot dominant, the Left Bank produces blends that are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. “I am not shopping at f@£$ing Lidl” announced the proud snobs of my town as they signed a petition to oppose its opening. Well the car park is populated with their huge Chelsea tractors now…
Tasting notes: Its appearance is deep purple in colour. Dark fruit, plum notes on the nose. Medium length. Medium body. Some intensity on the palate, with a hint of spice. Balanced acidity. Grand Cru wines have to be passed by a tasting panel, like Italian DOCG wines.
Region of Origin – Bordeaux
Wine Colour – red
Price – £10.99
Where do I get it from? Lidl
Current Vintage – 2017
Grape – Merlot
Country – France
Verdict – Good wine for the price
Food Pairings: This would work well with rich red meat dishes and cheese.