Mercurey 1er Cru
Coming from a cold climate, Mercurey Ier Cru is discreet and withdrawn in its early youth but shows a real potential of bottle aging.
Western part of Mercurey, a plot of Premier Cru, Climat La Bondue. The steep slope and its East/South-East facing guarantee early exposure to sunlight.
Limestone clay soil, close to bedrock. Red ground, rich in iron oxide.
Average of 35 years old Pinot Noir.
Manual harvesting with rigorous selection on tables. 17 days of fermentation in open-top wooden vat. Daily light pumping-over. 25 % of whole crop and 75 % of destemmed fruits.
12 months of ageing in traditional Bourguignonne pièces with 50 % of new oak. Malolatic fermentation started lately in spring.
Bottling in December.
Coming from a cold climate, Mercurey Ier Cru is discreet and withdrawn in its early youth but shows a real potential of bottle aging. Its smoky nose brings also notes of blackcurrant and blueberry.
Within 5 years
Elisabeth de Valois, often called Elisabeth de France, died at the age of 23, on October 3rd, 1568. Her marriage by proxy to Philip II at age 14 made her Queen of Spain, Naples and Sicily, as well as Duchess of Burgundy.