Originally Posted by Upward
Burgundy McAllister is grain corrected, merlot is not.
Yes, at one time the old "burgundy" McAllister was corrected grain. They now call them "merlot" and are calfskin. I don't think a "burgundy" McAllister has been available for a while now.
But I think he knew what I meant.
Interestingly (or not), on the AE website, when you sort by color, "merlot" isn't an option but "burgundy" is. Choosing that, you find over two dozen shoes, some called burgundy and some merlot. It isn't clear whether AE is making a distinction between hues or between leather quality. For example, their non-Independence "top line" shoes like the PA and the McAlister are called merlot, as are the Manchester and Grayson. On the other hand, some of their lower priced loafers are called burgundy, though the non-shell Randolph is also called burgundy and it is priced the same as the other "top line" models and definitely (I think) is not corrected grain. And the "Independence" grade Adams is also called burgundy.
And of course all of the "dark red, wine related" shell cordovan models are called burgundy. At least, all I can think of.
So, I can't make any rhyme or reason of it.. If I had to hazard a guess, perhaps used to, everything "deep red" was called burgundy, whether it was corrected grain, "premium calfskin," or shell. Then, if they changed a model from CG to premium calfskin, as with the McAllister, the PA (and I think I have seen an old Fifth Avenue in burgundy CG), they created the name merlot to signal they were making a change of leather for those models. If a leather didn't change for a model, they stuck with burgundy, regardless of its leather.
Just a wild guess.