Located in the small village of La Roche-Vineuse in Macon, just north of famed Pouilly-Fuisse, the estate of Olivier Merlin began as a tiny 4 1/2 hectares of vines that had been in the same family since 1750. When Olivier and his wife Corrine took over the estate in 1987, they quickly gained a reputation for the high quality of their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Gamay. They've since expanded their vineyards, and are now joined in their work by their two sons, Paul and Theo.
The estate's vines are planted on a west-facing slope, the perfect aspect to take advantage of warm, late-afternoon sun. Organic compost is used to promote soil health and harvest of the perfectly ripened grapes is done entirely by hand. Wines are vinified in whole bunches and oak aging varies according to the potential of the wine. This lightly-oaked Bourgogne Blanc is a perfect introduction to the Merlin house style, exemplifying the family's focus on balance, purity, depth, and harmony. Enjoy now or over the next 5-7 years at a lightly-chilled 12 C.
Clear, pale lemon yellow with silvery rim.
We're greeted with vibrant aromas of lemon meringue, orange peel, white peach, and white flowers, followed by mineral notes of wet slate, and a hint of warm hay. Classic Burgundian Chardonnay!
A beautifully balanced, textural chardonnay with plenty of ripe fruit, mineral, and floral notes. The finish is long and pure, with vibrant acidity and persistent citrus. Refreshing and approachable, but with plenty of complexity that would reward cellaring.
There's plenty of freshness in this wine that would make it the perfect complement to oysters, but they're also enough weight and texture to serve alongside slightly richer fare like butter-poached sole or roast chicken.
Chardonnay, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chenin Blanc
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