Merlot is thought to derive from the Old French word for a young blackbird, merlot, a diminutive of merle. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, make Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot French Wines