You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. <br><strong>For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.</strong>

Log in Become a Member

Merlot Blanc

The white grape variety originates from France. Synonyms are Merlau Blanc, Merlaut Blanc and Merlot Bianco. It is said to have been brought back from a hunt in south-west France in 1891 by a vineyard owner named Guinaudie. He planted it in the vineyards of his Château de Geneau in Virsac. Due to a similarity with Merlot, it was named Merlot Blanc. DNA analyses carried out in 2009 finally identified a presumably natural cross between Merlot x Folle Blanche. The early ripening vine has good resistance to both types of mildew. The variety was very popular until the middle of the 20th century; in 1958, over 5,000 hectares of vineyards were still planted with it. However, the population has dwindled and today it is only grown in small quantities in the areas of Blaye, Côtes de Bourg, Entre-deux-Mers and Graves. It is also authorised in the Charente department for the liqueur wine Pineau des Charentes. In 2016, 44 hectares of vines were reported with a decreasing trend (Kym Anderson).

Voices of our members

Sigi Hiss

There is a vast number of sources on the web where one can acquire knowledge about wine. But none has the scope, timeliness and accuracy of the information in the encyclopaedia at wein.plus. I use it regularly and rely on it.

Sigi Hiss
freier Autor und Weinberater (Fine, Vinum u.a.), Bad Krozingen

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,076 Keywords · 46,829 Synonyms · 5,324 Translations · 31,411 Pronunciations · 186,794 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon