Merlet family have worked the vineyards here for many generations. The
somewhat elusive and secretive Bernard is in his late forties and owns
around 4 hectares of vines shared between Les Fougeraies and La Possonnière,
He works from a tiny cellar in a side street in the village and lives in a
modest house near the church. His first vintage was in 1983.
was the only grower to escape me on my week long visit to the appellation
in February 2008. The two wines below, procured in the village store are
the only wines of his that I have tasted. However, on the basis of these
two examples, there is little to get excited about.
pale appearance. Clean, dry, floral nose with a hint of white flowers and
acacia. Distinct SO² behind. Austere, dry, taut and mineral on the
palate, but ultimately quite simple. Decent structure and length with a
faint bitter Chenin twist to the finish along with a hint of ripeness.
Traditional style. Drinking now, but should age a few years. (04/08)
appearance. Clean but muted and not very expressive. SO² shows on the
nose. Just off-dry on entry. Quite simple and monotone; lacking any real
character or personality at this stage. Chalky texture. Quite simple.
Approachable now and should age further, but not very exciting. (04/08)
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