COMMON SYNONYM: Picard, Langon, Merlot Noir
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
SPECIES: V. vinifera
PEDIGREE: Magdeleine Noire des Charentes (a previously unknown variety) x Cabernet Franc (see reference 57)
HARVEST TIMING: Mid-season
CLONES OFFERED: 01, 03, 06, 15, 18, 20, 25
Information from the National Grape Registry, www.ngr.ucdavis.edu
OTHER INFORMATION: Merlot is the most widely grown red wine variety and it an important component of Bordeaux wine blends. It was derived from a Cabernet Franc crossed with an unknown variety. Moderate cold-hardiness with soft tannins, higher sugar content and lower acidity. Its own-rooted vines naturally gather high levels of nitrogen during bloom, especially during cold weather. Nitrogen fertilization is recommended after blooming.