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Olivier and Corinne Merlin have been running their small domaine in the village of La Roche Vineuse for 25 years now, with superb attention to detail in the vineyards enabling them to make outstanding wines year in, year out. For Olivier, 2012 is a beautifully balanced vintage, with natural alcohol levels between 12.5% and 13.5%, and while yields are on the low side, the picture is much less catastrophic than in the Côte de Beaune. Olivier has been cutting back on the new wood, with most cuvées now receiving between 10 and 20%.
Bottle 6 x 75cl5cs
Poor spring with difficult flowering, though this varied from one vineyard to another. Old vines suffered worse. The reds were later to flower, with better results, and for the first time were picked after the whites, which needed to be harvested quickly before rot set in. The balance of the whites has ended up quite similar to 2012, with the same acidity but the fruit more exuberant in style. One technical note on quality: Olivier presses his whites for much longer now, which intensifies the dry extract and will preserve longevity.
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs