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History of Domaine Merlin

Portrait of Corinne and Olivier Merlin


Olivier and Corinne are wine craftsmen who have always believed in the terroirs of Mâconnais.


1977, birth of a passion


Olivier Merlin’s first contact with the vines was in 1977. That year, he harvests in a Mâconnais estate and discovers an atmosphere, a family spirit. His passion for the winegrower’s profession began then.

 

 

An experience in the Jura


An experience in the Jura

After a BTS in viticulture and oenology at the viticultural high school in Beaune, Olivier Merlin worked for two years in a cooperative in the Jura as a winemaker.

That’s where he meets Corinne, his wife-to-be.

 

 

1987, take- over of the estate


In June 1985, Olivier leaves for California. He vinified two vintages in Napa, before taking over the Vieux Saint-Sorlin estate on 1 January 1987: four and a half hectares and an estate to be rebuilt which had been in the same family since 1750.

The beginning of a long adventure


It is here that they decide to live and work, not because of family heritage, but because they like this place and because they have the intuition to make good wines by respecting the basics in the vineyards: working the soil, harvesting by hand. In the cellar: long pressings of whole bunches, fermentation and maturing in oak barrels.

Today our children join us


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The next generation comes to the winery

 

 

Discover the portrait of their sons, Paul and Théo

Discover the key dates of the Merlin estate


3 cépages / 22 hectares

Chardonnay 18.5 hectares, Pinot Noir 1.75 hectares, Gamay 1.75 hectares

145 000 / 180 000

Nombre de bouteilles produites à l'année

17 cuvées

13 cuvées de vin blanc et 4 cuvées de vin rouge

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