Domaine Olivier Merlin Moulin à Vent "La Rochelle" Beaujolais 2015

Domaine Olivier Merlin Moulin à Vent "La Rochelle" Beaujolais 2015


Olivier Merlin has the reputation of the 'overachiever' of Burgundy, making great wines even from lesser quality appellation vineyards.

Olivier Merlin's La Rochelle from Moulin a Vent vineyards in Beaujolais has a deep and intense colour. Highly concentrated palate with well-marked but velvety tannins. Attractive aromatic expression of spices (pepper) and ripe cherry. Made of incredible 77-year-old Gamay grapes from one of the region’s most celebrated vineyards, Domain Olivier Merlin’s ‘La Rochelle’ is a concentrated and intensely flavoured style of Beaujolais which drinks beautifully young but also has superb ageing potential. Surprisingly, the wine has a Burgundian Pinot Noir style, just beautiful!

2015 is the best vintage since 2009, maybe even better, and the value this wine offers, we recommend buying as much as you can store, you will not regret!

Drink now - 2027

(incl 19% VAT, €30 / liter)

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Allen Meadows, Burghound - As I have suggested repeatedly in these pages, if you're not familiar with the Merlin wines, you owe it to yourself to try a few.

Neal Martin, Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - In Olivier Merlin we have one of the region’s most experienced and thoughtful vignerons, one whose wines are extremely well-priced.


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Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais

Known as the ‘King of Beaujolais’ for its power, structure and longevity, Moulin-à-Vent is the most atypical of all the Beaujolais Crus, even if it is potentially the best. Its style is the antithesis of light, fluffy Beaujolais, and when fully mature (often at 10 years old or more) it resembles more a fine Burgundy, or even a Rhône, than Beaujolais Villages. 

Moulin-à-Vent is a real example of the principle of ‘terroir’. While its close neighbour Fleurie produces perfumed, silky, approachable wines, Moulin-à-Vent using the same grape (100% Gamay) and same vinification, makes meaty, tannic and intense wines. Only explanation could be the soil, with high proportion of iron and manganese.