Merlot is still a huge seller worldwide, whether it's an expensive classic from Pomerol or a ripe, fruity little bargain from California. It has suffered by comparison with other varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir particularly), but it remains tremendously popular. After all, what's not to like? It's more often than not a plump, plummy, approachable wine that appeals to a wide audience.
This year’s harvest is now all but complete in the Northern Hemisphere, and the emerging reports make for much more positive reading. Here’s what 2018 had in store for some of the most notable regions, and what to expect from this year’s vintage.
2018 shapes up to be another excellent year for Bordeaux.
Well, Bordeaux had another great vintage in 2018 – at least, those who managed to ward off the mildew did.