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Francois Merlin, Condrieu 'Terroirs', France 2017
Francois and Laurent Merlin
François planted his vines by selection massale in 1990 and has various small holdings on some of Condrieu's finest terroirs. Aged in a mix of Stockinger 500 ltrs demi-muids and new to 6 year old barrels, this has real depth of apricot and pear fruit, with hints of verbena and floral notes, is clean and very well defined on the palate and long on the finish which is stamped by an attractive gout de terroir.
Pressing for 2h by a pneumatic press, cold settling of the juice for 48hrs. No chaptalisation. Fermentation in 1 to 5 year old 500L barrels at 17�C average (20�C max) using natural, indigenous yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days. Temperature is controlled using a cooling cane. The wine naturally carries out its malolactic fermentation. Aged for 12 months in 1 to 5 year old 225L and 500L barrels (medium heat). Collage with bentonite, generally light filtration by Kieselghur. Only one bottling a year in September by a service provider. 5.200 bottles produced on average