MÂCON LA ROCHE VINEUSE
MERLIN

A visit to Olivier Merlin's hillside village of La Roche Vineuse is always one of the highlights of a trip to France, as his wines have gone from strength to strength over the past decade.  This is another year when even his basic bottling of Mâcon La Roche Vineuse is delicious with lovely apple fruit, and it's an excellent value.  Although Merlin also produces St. Véran and Pouilly Fuissé, the Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes is his signature wine.  Here's a modestly priced white burgundy treated just like top-notch Meursault or Montrachet.  It's defined by an intense concentration of fruit merged with mellow oak and a sprinkling of superb minerality.  It's the kind of

Appellation: AOC Mâcon La Roche Vineuse - Vieilles Vignes
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Although Merlin also produces St. Véran and Pouilly Fuissé, the Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes is his signature wine. Here's a modestly priced white burgundy treated just like top-notch Meursault or Montrachet.

Appellation: AOC Mâcon La Roche Vineuse
Color: White
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

In the small and picturesque village of La Roche Vineuse in the Mâconnais, Olivier and Corinne Merlin have achieved a fine reputation. Connecting modern winemaking techniques and organic winegrowing methods, they produce delicious wines even with their basic bottling Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse.

Estate size: 6.5 ha (2/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir and Gamay)
Appellations: Mâcon-Villages La Roche Vineuse, Saint Véran,
                     Mâcon Rouge, Bourgogne Rouge.
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Exposure: West - South West
Average Vineyard's age: between 40 and 60 years old
Average yield: 40 hl/ha
.inification: pneumatic press, natural yeasts, barrel and stainless steel fermentation
Fining and filtration: with egg whites. Light filtration prior bottling
Color: Pale yellow
Aromas: Gorgeous floral flavors and bright fruit
Palate: Delicate, well balanced wine with lots of fruit and a touch of oak.

Olivier and Corinne purchased this domaine in the hills above the village of La Roche Vineuse in 1987.Previously the estate was owned by René Gaillard, a very traditional winemaker. The young Merlins have followed the tradition of M. Gaillard while adopting certain modern techniques, upgrading equipement and utilizing a judicious percentage of new oak. Furthermore, a major portion of the vineyards have now been converted to "biodynamique" farming practices (no herbicides, only organic compost).