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30 Merlots from around the world

We asked our experts from around the world to nominate the great-value Merlots that have impressed them most recently. Andrew Jefford then compared them all in a blind tasting to come up with his favourites...

Merlot is monster. With 266,000ha, it’s the world’s second most widely planted wine grape, according to 2017 figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine; only Cabernet Sauvignon occupies a bigger global vineyard area (341,000ha). It’s also Bordeaux’s most widely planted grape (being easier to ripen than Cabernet). Indeed, this is France’s most widely planted variety overall; Languedoc has more Merlot planted than Bordeaux does Cabernet Sauvignon.

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