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Walls’ hidden gems: Domaine François Merlin & 12 wines tasted

François Merlin inherited neither vines nor a passion for wine, yet he has gone on to become one of the northern Rhône's most referenced producers.

I cannot tell you just how tempting it is to describe François Merlin as a magician in the cellar. But this would be lazy. Not to mention inaccurate. There’s no trickery here – just decades of determination, raw talent and hard graft.

As Merlin approaches retirement, his domaine can now be considered among the top tier of northern Rhône producers. This is an extraordinary achievement, as he started out with nothing. In Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu, his might prove to be the last generation of winemakers to achieve this feat.

Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for 12 wines from Domaine François Merlin

See notes and scores for 12 wines from Domaine François Merlin

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