"To regard each vine-stock as a living individual" is the philosophy Olivier Merlin and his team apply to their work with every day that passes.
Respect for the earth is likewise central to their approach. This is exemplified by the practice of fallowing. On the Merlin domaine 5% to 10% of the land is left uncultivated at any one time. When a plot has been cleared of vines, it is allowed to rest for a period of 4 to 5 years. This, to use Olivier Merlin's word, is "primordial".
"To seek out and offer wines which we like." This phrase might be taken to mean that on the Vieux Saint-Sorlin domaine the work is simple, guided by the grower's instincts. Not so. The work is rigorous, endlessly demanding, and permanently under review.
Having got to know his terroirs, Olivier works them. Ploughing started from the moment he took over the domaine.
Olivier and his wife Corinne seek out, find and select each separate plot. They learn their subtle differences, even those with the confines of a given plot. To respect these differences, the wines of a given appellation will be vinified separately, taking account of variations in soil or exposure. An example is the plot named Les Cras, overlooking La Roche-Vineuse. It belong to the Mâcon appellation and its limey soil yields mineral wines. But it clearly needs to be vinified separately from the other Mâcons to bring out its variant character.
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