Bernard Merlet  (1983)  

The 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.

The Wines
Merlet 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.

2006 Savennières  
Very 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)

2004 Demi-Sec  
Pale 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)  

Bernard Merlet  
Savennières  
T: +33 2 41 72 27 67  

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