Merlot, a black grape variety from the right bank of the Bordeaux region, was for a long time confined to its region before becoming a world leader due to its robustness, its adaptability and above all its aromatic qualities. This recent adoption has earned it the rank of the second most planted red grape variety in the world. It is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Franc for more body and structure. Unblended Merlot produces soft and fruity red wines. In a word, Merlot is roundness!