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Live from the Vines: Domaine Olivier Merlin

Event Date: August 1, 2021 6:00pm (UK Time)

Merlin

Winemaker Olivier Merlin has 35 vintages under his belt. He’s far from a “new” winemaker; in fact, he’s the most established producer in the Mâconnais, Burgundy’s most southerly terroir. And, while for some producers longevity could translate to complacency, nothing could be further from the truth for Olivier. He is the region’s most dynamic winemaker, and his dazzling cuvées continue to challenge conventional views about the Mâconnais’ reputation for humble wines. “Unlike my colleagues in the Mâconnais, we do everything by hand,” Olivier explains. “We might apply modern technology, but we make our wines in the same way as they were made 200 years ago.” He makes it sound simple, but at the heart of this approach is a commitment to meticulous winemaking – stripping everything back until what is left is the terroir. And, in Burgundy, terroir is everything.

Wines:

  1. Domaine Olivier Merlin, La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes, Mâcon 2018
  2. Domaine Olivier Merlin, En Crèche, Saint-Véran 2018
  3. Domaine Olivier Merlin, La Côte-Rotie, Saint-Véran 2018
  4. Domaine Olivier Merlin, Sur La Roche, Pouilly-Fuissé 2018
  5. Domaine Olivier Merlin, Clos France, Pouilly-Fuissé 2018
  6. Domaine Olivier Merlin, La Rochelle, Moulin-à-Vent 2018

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