2020 Merlin Pouilly-Fuissé

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Appellation Pouilly-Fuissée
Winery Merlin
Vintage 2020
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2022 - 2028
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The domain of Olivier and Corinne Merlin is located in the predestined village of Roche-Vineuse (literally: wine rock!) in the Mâconnais region. Bourgogne, Mâcon and Beaujolais form the core range of the domain. Olivier studied oenology in Beaune and then worked as a cellar master in the Jura, where he met his wife Corinne. In 1985 he left for the Californian Napa Valley to vinify two vintages. At the beginning of 1987, he took over the 4.5 hectare Domaine du Vieux Saint-Sortin. The old and dilapidated domain had been in the hands of the same family since 1750. Since then, the successful advance of Olivier and Corinne seems unstoppable. Olivier combines ancient wine wisdom, keen observation and hard work in the vineyards, with modern technology. An indispensable part of his philosophy is leaving a cleared and plowed vineyard fallow for 4-5 years. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used, in Moulin-à-Vent even old-fashioned horsepower is used in the vineyards. Nothing trendy talk, but pure old-fashioned common sense. The result can be summed up in four words: Balance, Purity, Complexity and Harmony

For the white Merlin Pouilly Fusé, the chardonnay grapes from each plot are harvested, pressed and vinified separately. After a light natural settling, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in oak barrels (40%) and in stainless steel tanks (60%). After this first fermentation, a long aging starts on 'lies' (own fine sediment) with once a week 'bâtonnage' (stirring and stirring of the sediment for more fat, minerality and complexity). The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously. In this way the wines are completely stable in structure before they can be bottled. No clearance takes place. A light filtration on fine silica (kieselguhr) is sometimes applied, if the harvest year calls for it. Often that is not even necessary. This Pouilly Fuse is as a good burgundy should be with a beautiful light green gold color in the glass. In the nose the wine is fresh and very aromatic with nuances of white peach and pear and light citrus fruit. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is fresh and clean, supple and fruity, round and generous, with a strikingly clean minerality in the long finish.

Vineyard for 2020 Merlin Pouilly-Fuissé

The domain of Olivier and Corinne Merlin is located in the predestined village of Roche-Vineuse (literally: wine rock!) In the Mâconnais region. Burgundy, Mâcon and Beaujolais form the core range of the domain. Olivier studied oenology in Beaune and then worked as a cellar master in the Jura, where he met his wife Corinne. In 1985 he left for the California Napa Valley to vinify two volumes. At the beginning of 1987 he took over the 4.5 ha Domaine du Vieux Saint-Sortin. The old and dilapidated domain had been owned by the same family since 1750. Since then, the successful advance of Olivier and Corinne seems to be unstoppable. Even the terrible hail storm that completely destroyed 80% of the vineyards within 20 minutes on July 20, 2004 could not stop them. Olivier combines old wine wisdom, keen observation and hard work in the vineyards, with modern technology. An indispensable part of his philosophy is the abandonment of a grubbed and plowed vineyard for 4-5 years. Therefore, 5-10% of its land is systematically not in production. No synthetic pesticide or fertilizer is used, Moulin-à-Vent even works with old-fashioned horsepower in the vineyards. Nothing trendy bland, but pure old-fashioned healthy farmers' minds. The result can be summarized in four words: balance, purity, complexity and harmony, both for the white and red wines of the domain.

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Appellation Pouilly-Fuissée
Winery Merlin
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 90
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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