The red grape originated in France. The name is from the French word for Blackbird (Merle) derived because these birds nibbling the berries very much. Synonyms include Alicante Noir Bégney, Bigney, Bordo, Crabutet, Médoc Noir, Petite Merle, Merlau, Merlaut, Merlo, Merlot Noir, Merlott, Odzalesi, Petit Merle, Plant Médoc, Saint Macaire, Seme de la Canau, Seme dou avgas, Sémillon Rouge and Vitraille. It is a very old variety, since the first mention of the name Crabutet Noir is said to already in the 14th Century. Under the name Merlau Merlot or she was the first time in 1784 in Libournais documentary mentioned and counted at the time of the main Bordeaux varieties. In the Italian region Veneto, Italy, t...You see a shortened form of description. The full description is reserved for our subscribers.