Cabernet - Merlot blend

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by Scott A. Lov » Thu, 31 Aug 1995 04:00:00



I am considering doing a blend of Cabernet and Merlot.  Does
anyone have a recommendation for a good proportion to mix the
grapes.  Should it be 50/50  60/40 ?

Thanks

 
 
 

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by Mike Sechels » Thu, 31 Aug 1995 04:00:00



I am considering doing a blend of Cabernet and Merlot.  Does

Quote:
>anyone have a recommendation for a good proportion to mix the
>grapes.  Should it be 50/50  60/40 ?

>Thanks

I'd say more like 75-25 or even 85-15. Being that you're the
winemaker, just use your own palate. Commercially speaking,
in order to label a wine as a varietal, at least 75% (if I'm
not mistaken) of a given grape variety must be used.

Mike

 
 
 

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by Placitas » Thu, 31 Aug 1995 04:00:00


I think you are making a mistake if you start with any preconceived
percentages of blend of Cab and Merlot.  The key to proper blending,
according to Bordeaux experts is testing and the grapes themselves.
(Remember that while Burgundy produces pure Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,
Bordeaux red wine is always a blend, usually of Cab Sauvingnon, Cab Franc
and Merlot.)  

It also depends on what you want.  I think that Petrus is usually mostly
Merlot because they want it soft.  Others of equal fame and almost equal
price want more structure and body, so they are heavy on the Cab.  Test
your grapes at 10% Merlot, 90% Cab through to the opposite.  Do what works
best for your grapes and your wine.  The balance of the wine that doesn't
blend do separately as vin ordinaire.

Be creative and experiment to get the absolute best you can without regard
to stupid laws like those requiring 75% to commercially sell with a
particular type of grape on the label.  If it's good, it won't go to
waste.

 
 
 

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by Randy Ti » Fri, 01 Sep 1995 04:00:00




   I am considering doing a blend of Cabernet and Merlot.  Does
   >anyone have a recommendation for a good proportion to mix the
   >grapes.  Should it be 50/50  60/40 ?
   >
   >Thanks

   I'd say more like 75-25 or even 85-15. Being that you're the
   winemaker, just use your own palate. Commercially speaking,
   in order to label a wine as a varietal, at least 75% (if I'm
   not mistaken) of a given grape variety must be used.

Agreed, most blends I have seen are either 75-25 or 80-20.  George
Duboeuf has an excellent Cab/Merlot blend that I believe is 75/25.

--

"Those that God wants to destroy he first makes mad."

 
 
 

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by ost.. » Fri, 01 Sep 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>I am considering doing a blend of Cabernet and Merlot.  Does
>anyone have a recommendation for a good proportion to mix the
>grapes.  Should it be 50/50  60/40 ?

It really depends on the origin of the grapes, the body, character, colour etc. of
each. If you are not sure I would recommend at least 60% Cabernet, i.e. not
50/50 as the Merlot might soften the finished wine too much. If you can afford
more than one blend try 60/40 and 70/30, Cab/Merlot. Good luck!

Dan Ostler
Pickering Wine Guild
Pickering, Ontario

 
 
 

Cabernet - Merlot blend

Post by John Katchme » Wed, 06 Sep 1995 04:00:00


I think if you do some research you'll probably see that in
Bordeaux the blends can range all over the map.

Also, it seems one of the latest rages in California has been to
eschew the traditional cab/merlot blend in favor of a merlot/cab
franc blend.  Anybody tried this one?