Olivier Merlin

Olivier Merlin

Olivier Merlin is widely regarded as being one of the very finest winemakers in the MâconnaisHe and his wife Corinne began in 1987 by renting 4.5 hectares. from René Gaillard, of Domaine du Vieux Saint-Sorlin, who wished to retire. Since then, Olivier has been buying the property in stages as well as adding new vineyards such as St Véran (in 1994 and ‘96). In September ‘97 Olivier took out a négociant's licence in order to be able to make some Pouilly Fuissé, since land in this appellation is neither available to buy nor to rent.

He makes three cuvées of Pouilly-Fuissé (one each from Fuissé, Vergisson and Chaintré) and a Viré-Clessé. From 2000 some Moulin-à-Vent joined the stable. The single-vineyard wines, including Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse, Les Cras and St Véran, Le Grand Bussière, get 18 months’ barrel-ageing with 30 to 50% new wood.

Olivier has established a reputation as one of the region’s most dynamic growers, a reference point for the Mâconnais. The whites demonstrate his exceptional winemaking talents, and the potential of “lowly” appellations. They are frequently taken for Côte d'Or wines if tasted blind. His Bourgogne Rouge is at its best after two to three years when the fruit expresses itself fully.

Olivier and Corinne have recently been joined at the domaine by their sons, Théo and Paul, who have completed their winemaking studies, and also spent time working at wineries in the Mornington Peninsula. With this extra manpower at the domaine’s disposal, Olivier has acquired a handful of new parcels including the Clos de France, in the heart of the village of Vergisson (2018 will be the inaugural vintage of the eponymous single-vineyard wine).

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2012 Moulin a Vent, La Rochelle, Olivier Merlin
Red
2012
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Medium Bodied
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13.0% Alcohol
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2011 Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse, Vieilles Vignes, Olivier Merlin
White
2011
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Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2014 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse, Les Cras, Olivier Merlin
White
2014
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2014 Pouilly-Fuissé, Vieilles Vignes, Olivier Merlin
White
2014
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Moulin à Vent, La Rochelle, Olivier Merlin, Beaujolais
Red
2016
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2016 Pouilly-Fuissé, Vieilles Vignes, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2016
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse, Vieilles Vignes, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2015
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Medium Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2015 Pouilly-Fuissé, Vieilles Vignes, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2015
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2015 St Véran, Le Grand Bussière, Olivier Merlin
White
2015
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Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Les Cras, Olivier Merlin
Red
2015
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Moulin à Vent, La Rochelle, Olivier Merlin
Red
2015
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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2015 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse, Les Cras, Olivier Merlin
White
2015
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2014 Bourgogne Rouge, Les Cras, Olivier Merlin
Red
2014
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2010 Pouilly-Fuissé, Terroir de Fuissé, Olivier Merlin
White
2010
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2018 Pouilly-Fuissé, Sur La Roche, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2018
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2018 St Véran, Côte Rôtie, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2018
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2018 St Véran, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2018
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2018 Bourgogne Rouge, Les Cras, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
Red
2018
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2018 St Véran, Le Grand Bussière, Olivier Merlin, Burgundy
White
2018
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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