Merlot Blanc grapes
Interestingly, this grape variety is not an independent grape variety, but is the result of the natural cross performed in between two different grape varieties namely, Cognac grape Folle Blanche and the Bordeaux wine grape Merlot.
This white wine grape variety is considered as different from the Merlot gris, though one of its parent is very much related to the same.
This white wine grape variety is very much obscure in nature and is primarily grown in the region of Bordeaux. The presence of this white wine grape variety is rarely seen anything other than the blended white wines.
There is only a minimal range of the white varietal wines that entertain the presence of Merlot Blanc in them. Most of these varietal white wines are produced in the regions of Italy, Germany as well as the United States of America.
Today this variety of white wine grape has become very rare and only a few plantings of it can be encountered. The leaves of this white wine grape variety resemble very much to that f Merlot that is likely to be the very origin of the name of this grape.
Apart from this, both these grape varieties hardly share anything in common. The vines of this white wine grape variety are referred to as highly productive vines.
However, when the regard of the quality of these vines is taken into consideration, they fail very miserably. This grape variety is considered to be discovered in the year 1891.
Unfortunately, the cuttings of this vine were not propagated widely and this is the reason why this white wine grape variety is considered as very rare in nature.
Even though the plantings of this white wine grape are considered as very scarce, this grape variety is still very much allowed in the AOC wines of a number of wine regions of Bordeaux that mainly include the general AOC Bordeaux.
In this particular region, this grape variety is blended with Semillon, Muscadelle, Mauzac, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Ondenc as well as Ugni Blanc. This white wine grape variety is also known under the synonym of Merlau Bllanc.
Origin of Merlot Blanc grape
As already stated, this white wine grape variety was discovered in the year 1891. When Merlot Blanc was discovered first of all, it was referred to as a white-berried color mutation of the Merlot in a very similar relation to other mutations of Grenache Blanc, Grenache, Pinot Blanc as well as Pinot Noir.
Later on, as a result of the DNA analysis carried out by the University of California-Davis and ampelographer Carole Meredith and others confirmed that it is very different from Merlot.
This grape variety was brought in the year 1891 by a vineyard owner named Guinaudie from a hunt in the southwestern France region. He carried out the plantation of this grape in the vineyards of his Chateau de Geneau in the region of Virsac.
Characteristics of Merlot Blanc wines
The juice of this white wine grape variety is pinkish as to its colors. The size of the berries of these grapes is medium-to-large and so are its clusters.
This white wine grape variety prepares different kinds of blended as well as varietal wines. However, a majority of the vines of this white wine grape variety is concerned with the preparation of blended wines out of this white wine grape variety.
The berries of this grape are blended with other berries varying from one region to another where the vines are planted.
The wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety lack in terms of the flavors and they do not taste like strong fruits. Instead these wines entertain a similar taste to that of raspberries.
Food pairing with Merlot Blanc wines
All the varietal as well as blended wines produced out of this white wine grape variety taste their best when they are paired with different food items. such as broccoli with oyster sauce, smoked vegetables as well as couscous with raisins. These wines also taste decent when they are paired with different kinds of cheese.
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