Armagnac, Merlot

Although Armagnac is the oldest brandy distilled in France it has taken a back row seat to its more famous cousin Cognac. Not to be confused with Cognac (to the North of Bordeaux,) Armagnac lies between the Adour and Garonne rivers in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Armagnac was never produced in the same vast quantities that Cognac has been produced and as such, was and continues to be produced by mainly smaller, family-owned producers rather than the ‘big players’ in Cognac.

There are ten different grape varieties used in the production of Armagnac, but four grape varieties in particular provide the backbone for the majority of Armagnacs. Always blended, the four main grape varieties are Baco 22A, Colombard, Folle Blanche and Ugni Blanc.

United Cellars import a wide range of Armagnacs from key producers such as Delord, Castarede, Comte de Lamaestre, Maison Gélas and many more!
Merlot in Australia is not a variety you will often see unblended, until recently. It is most often used to add suppleness and mid-palate to Cabernet’s stern, serious structure. In Australia, Merlot is now achieving considerable recognition as a varietal wine. Merlot blended wines are available from the warmer inland regions, such as Riverina, Riverland and Murray Darling. Single varietal Merlot from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produces a softer dry plummy wine. Whereas the cooler climates such as the Yarra Valley and Margaret River tends to take on more savoury characters with firmer tannins.

It is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France where planting has rapidly expanded throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils, is relatively simple to cultivate and is a naturally high yielding. In St Emilion and Pomerol, it withstands the moist clay-rich soils far better than Cabernet, producing opulently rich, plummy wines. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of some of the best (and most expensive) Merlot based wines.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in New Zealand, California, Chile and Northern Italy. New Zealand's Hawkes Bay is producing outstanding Merlot-based blends, especially from the Gimblett Gravels.
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  1. ZILZIE 'SELECTION 23' MERLOT 2019
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  2. ZILZIE 'SELECTION 23' MERLOT 2018
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  3. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2017
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. ... Learn More
  4. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2016
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. Outstanding value! "This shows a lot of “ ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  5. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' MERLOT 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  6. GIESEN MERLOT 2018
    Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through restrained use ... Learn More
    GIESEN MERLOT 2018
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  7. PHILIP SHAW 'THE CONDUCTOR' MERLOT 2016
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich ... Learn More
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  8. KATNOOK ESTATE MERLOT 2016
    Lavishly flavoured yet supple, this powerhouse rendition should appeal to many a Merlot devotee. A complex array of ripe fruit and oak on the nose. Plum, coffee and cedar combined with subtle notes of dark chocolate and cedar. Complex layers ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
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  9. DELORD XO - 10 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC (200ML)
    Bas Armagnac Delord XO is aged for a minimum of 6 years and has a gorgeous burnished/tawny/bronze colour. ... Learn More
  10. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2017
    It smells comforting at first, but as the drinker delves, the bouquet unveils mossy, damp forest earth, and then fresher, leafy greens emerge with their tannins. Medium bodied, strawberry and plum, savoury, grainy graphite tannin, cool acidity, tomato paste flavour ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  11. HICKINBOTHAM THE REVIVALIST MERLOT 2018
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  12. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2016
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  13. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2015
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  14. CHATEAU FRANC MAYNE 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    A Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Franc Mayne enjoys an exceptional location in the prestigious appellation. Owned by the Savare family since 2018, Chateau Franc Mayne is enjoying a great momentum of renewal. The property is beautifully represented by the ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    The Wine Advocate
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  15. CHATEAU TARIQUET 100% FOLLE BLANCHE - 5 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that a four-year-old brandy can already be very good. ... Learn More
  16. DELORD 1996 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grape Variety : Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche , Colombard, Baco 22 A ... Learn More
  17. CHATEAU TARIQUET 100% FOLLE BLANCHE - 8 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    The delicate finale emphasises the recent marriage of the fruit and the woody structure. A remarkably lingering Armagnac, eloquent proof that an eight year old brandy can already be very good ... Learn More
  18. CASTAREDE NAPOLEON - 15 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    The appellation Napoleon is a blend of Armagnac of at least 5 years old. Our Napoleon is a blend of Armagnacs which are around 15 years old. Gives ripe prune aromas and dry fruits. Is very smooth with some rancio notes. ... Learn More
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  19. MERITE ULTRA MERLOT 2015
    Vinification: Picking date determined by berry sensory analysis. Hand-picked and sorted by clonal batches. Fully-destemmed then lightly crushed, fermentation in small stainless-steel vats by clonal batches at 23c with remontage twice-daily for 7 days. Racked into barrels to complete fermentation then ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Jancis Robinson
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  20. DELORD 1985 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  21. DELORD 1983 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Light intensity, amber in colour and with pretty orangey tints ... Learn More
  22. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1990 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Old gold, orange reflections ... Learn More
  23. GROSPERRIN "COGNAC DE COLLECTION" FOLLE BLANCHE 2008 5 YEARS OLD
    This cognac comes from the blend of 2003 and 2008 vintages, two harvest that were distillated on dregs, and then aged in big grain oak casks. The water reduction was done on an 18 months period in our cellars. ... Learn More
  24. FRANCOIS VOYER NAPOLEON - 15 YEARS
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room Temperature ... Learn More
  25. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1979 BAS ARMAGNAC
    An intriguing and complex Armagnac. ... Learn More
  26. CHATEAU TARIQUET 100% FOLLE BLANCHE - 12 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    A clean, intense nose expressing softness with vanilla and a pleasant note of cocoa. The esters are subdued, and reveal exotic fragrances when the brandy is exposed to the air. This unusual Bas Armagnac brandies offer a comprehensive and surprising ... Learn More
  27. CHATEAU TARIQUET 100% FOLLE BLANCHE - 15 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    The aromas of crystallised stone-fruits and liquorice are the sign of a great Armagnac of which Gascony can be proud ... Learn More
  28. DELORD - 25 YEAR OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink. ... Learn More
  29. DARROZE LES GRANDS ASSEMBLAGES (BLENDS) - 12 YEAR OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
    A boisterous 12 year old Bas Armagnac blended and bottled by the incomparable Darroze as part of their Grands Assemblages range. Hints of liquorice and cinnamon here, this really blossoms after a minute or two breathing in the glass. ... Learn More
  30. GELAS 100% FOLLE BLANCHE UNFILTERED - 18 YEARS BAS ARMAGNAC
    Folle Blanche is the historic variety of Armagnac which once dominated the vineyards before their destruction by phylloxera in 1878 ... Learn More
  31. CASTAREDE 1987 ARMAGNAC BA
    Aged in oak barrels. This vintage bottled in 2016 has been aging for 29 years in oak barrels. This 1987 vintage is a powerful expression, fresh and fruit-driven on the nose. Hints of liquorice as well. It’s not as earthy as some ... Learn More
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  32. DARROZE ARMAGNAC GBA 20YRS
    Absolutely stunning Armagnac with incredible richness, spice, and balance. Big wood, lots of spice and vanilla, and a rustic fruit character with seamless execution. ... Learn More
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    Vinous
  33. DELORD 1972 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Serving circumstance: After meal drinkServing temperature : Room TemperatureReady to drink ... Learn More
  34. DARROZE LES GRANDS ASSEMBLAGES (BLENDS) - 30 YEAR OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
    Maturity begins at 30. The fresh fruit is transformed into dried and candied fruit, the spicy character asserts itself, the first aromas of "rancio" appear and the alcohol is perfectly mellow. The fiery youth softens and relents. This Grand Assemblage is ... Learn More
  35. CASTAREDE 1978 ARMAGNAC - GRAND BAS
    Topazes and sienna robe with orange touches. It offers a nose with complex flavours, which marries animal notes like leather, floral flavours like eucalyptus and fruity flavours like dry fig and blond tobacco. After warming it up, we can smell ... Learn More
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  36. DOMAINE BOINGNERES 2001 FOLLE BLANCHE - BAS ARMAGNAC
    Encapsulating all the top aromatic qualities of the 1985 Folle Blanche, yet slightly softer. ... Learn More
  37. COMTE DE LAMAESTRE 1967 BAS ARMAGNAC
    Grapes:Ugni blanc, Bacco22A, Colombard ... Learn More
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  38. DARROZE DOMAINE DE TILLET 1975
    Darroze have been travelling the Armagnac region and selecting their favourite casks to bottle since 1974. ... Learn More
  39. DELORD 1966 BAS ARMAGNAC
    50 year old Armagnac ... Learn More
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