MERITAGE – a word in the wine world that I often hear mispronounced, as well as misunderstood.
Meritage is an American word – not French. It was created as a descriptive term to define American blended wines of distinction. These wines were produced with 2 or more of the Bordeaux varietals. For reds this would mean Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. For white wines the major grapes would be Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Meritage is a blending of two words – Merit and Heritage. The pronounciation is like Heritage, with an M.
Lyeth Estate wines are part of Boisset Wine Living at Home portfolio and Chip Lyeth was a founding member of the Meritage Association. Meritage is a United States trademarked designation, adopted by the Meritage Association in 1988.
|Lyeth 2010 Reserve Meritage – (FEATURED)|
|Item #: LYRM103H|
|HOME COLLECTION EXCLUSIVE! Chip Lyeth, one of the pioneers of Meritage, loved to blend varietals to make the perfect wine and this is no exception. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec all contribute to this wine’s unique flavor. Tannins will soften with age.|