After gaining experience in the Jura and California, Olivier and Corinne Merlin set about renovating a 200 year old property with 4.5 hectares of vineyards in the Maconnais. With further careful vineyard acquisitions over the next 20 years, puchase of a winery and construction of new cellars Domaine Merlin has become one of the most respected producers in the Maconnais. Vienyard holdings are just over 20 hectares, 18.5 of which is planted to Chardonnay.
Domaine Olivier Merlin Macon Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2019
“The 2019 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes is completely barrel fermented; however, since ‘03 Merlin has utilised less new oak, currently using around 10-15%. The 2019 is well-defined on the nose with hints of white flowers and orange blossom. The palate is quite spicy and peppery, a powerful Mâcon with just a light touch of honey towards the finish. Very fine.” 90 Vinous