Olivier Merlin

33 03 85 36 62 09 Domaine du Vieux Saint-Sortin
71960 La Roche Vineuse,
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Olivier and Corinne Merlin are skilled wine-makers who have always believed in the potential of their Mâconnais terroirs.

Olivier Merlin had his first experience of the world of wine in 1977 when he took part in the grape harvest on a Mâconnais domaine. The ambiance and the family spirit he found there were the impulse which turned him towards a career in wine-growing.

After qualifying at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, capital of Burgundy's wine-trade, Olivier Merlin spent two years as a cellar-worker in a Jura co-operative. There he met Corinne, his future wife.

In June 1985 Olivier headed for California where he vinified two vintages at Napa before returning to take over the Vieux Saint-Sorlin domaine on January 1st, 1987. It comprised four and a half hectares which had been in the same family since 1750 and was in need of a make-over.

Over time, he and his wife got to know each terroir and replanted various plots, inspired by the work of his predecessors, while taking Read more »

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  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Négrette

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Domaine Olivier Merlin Moulin à Vent la Rochelle Moulin a Vent 2009

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/105486. Moulin a Vent is a small appellation created in 1936 for red wines from two communes in the north of the Beaujolais region about 10 miles south of the town of Macon. It is one of the 10 'cru Beaujolais' appellations within that region and like all Beauj... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bourgogne Rouge 2008

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    Fantastic white. By itself or with seafood. $42.95 VW Read More

    Wine review by TheKozars


  • Moulin-a-Vent Olivier Merlin Bottle 2007

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    Great bottle of gamay. Wonderfully Fruity but with a nice cut of acidity and delicate spices. Perefct for drinking now but I think it will imrpove with a couple of years in the bottle. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by andrewjpage


  • I want to have a party that explores Chardonnay.  I want to show four, and want to explore different styles ranging from Pouilly-Fuisse to a very oaky butter bomb!  Any suggestions for the wine list? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chardonnay party


  • So with the end of summer approaching my thoughts return to drinking more red wine. That may, or may not be a good thing but it started me thinking - What do WE want to drink?If we have a few coordinated tastings, maybe even in a chatroom somewhere - live, we could try similar wines and share experiences, maybe even try the same exact wine.At ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virtual Tasting in September


  • Olivier Merlin Pouilly-Fuissé Terroir de Fuisse 2002

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    Wine review by amazematt


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