2014 Olivier Merlin Macon Blanc La Roche Vineuse 'les Cras'Chardonnay from France
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"Olivier Merlin is an old school wine maker, making non-manipulated wines with low yields in a modern cuverie attached to a classic deep cellar in La Roche Vineuse. He uses no ...
- 92 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Les Cras has a clean, precise bouquet that is very well defined, gently unfolding with grass clipping, dandelion and freshly sliced pear aromas. The palate is very well balanced, precise and tensile with a disarmingly refined dried apricot and lemon zest finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a top wine from Olivier Merlin."
"Olivier Merlin is an old school wine maker, making non-manipulated wines with low yields in a modern cuverie attached to a classic deep cellar in La Roche Vineuse. He uses no herbicides or artificial fertilizers. The prefer to use the plough (horse-drawn for the Moulin à Vent) and to add compost. "Our production rules are very strict." Picking is by hand, in cases, and only when the plot is fully mature so that the fruit reaches the vatting house in the best possible condition.
Les Cras is a south-west facing vineyard, composed of Quaternary clay-limestone soil (Middle Bathonian). It is gently and slowly pressed to release phenolics that help guard against premature oxidation. It then settles in take before it goes through alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in oak barrels (30% new, 30% 1 year old, 30% 2 years old, 10% four years old). After 18 months' elevage in barrel it is racked, then lightly filtered before bottling with no fining." - Importer
92 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|