Winemaker Florent Merlier

Winemaker Florent  Merlier

Winemaker Florent Merlier

Van Duzer Vineyards | Dallas, Oregon | https://www.vanduzer.com

Intrigued by the potential of the microclimate and its ability to produce evocative Pinot Noir, Carl and Marilynn Thoma were among the first to choose the foothills at the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor to build their family estate in 1998. Perched atop a knoll surrounded by vines on three sides, the site is situated in the gateway of the Corridor—a deep gap in the Oregon Coastal Range that draws brisk air from the Pacific Ocean into the Willamette Valley. These tempering breezes moderate vineyard conditions, keeping the site warmer in cool vintages and maintaining lower temperatures in warm years. Resulting circumstances are ideal for optimal sugar accumulation and balancing acidity, as well as a long, beneficial growing season year after year.

Winemaker Florent Merlier embarked upon his wine career in Burgundy where he learned to harmonize meticulous winemaking practices with thoughtful, principled vineyard management. The Van Duzer
Vineyards block designate Pinot Noirs are a testament to this approach. Florent deftly maximizes the virtues of each clone while allowing true character of place to resonate in the wines. Van Duzer whites also deliver this even-handed style, producing
aromatically engaging and equally mouthwatering Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris from the estate vineyard.

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