Olivier and Corinne Merlin took over the Domaine du Vieux Saint-Sorlin a la Roche-Vineuse in 1987, renaming it. They gradually enlarged the vineyard which today has 10 hectares on many appellations such as Pouilly Fuissé, Saint-Véran and Viré-Clessé. In the vineyards, the work is done following the rules of organic farming (without certification), with the use of ploughing and uncultivated land for certain parcels. Both the red and white wines of this domaine are of a very high quality.
About the cuvée
La Roche Vineuse is a wine with an intense, deep colour. Its bouquet evokes red fruit (cherry) and spices, and the palate is velvety, with very concentrated substance.
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