Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Dates of plantation: 1973
Soil: clayey-limestone, marl, alternating gravels limestone pebbles on surface
Aspect: South West
Altitude: 275 meters
Annual production: 5,760 bottles
Manual harvest – Selective picking on sorting table – 100% destemming – Open fermentor – 18 days vatting – Temperature control – Natural yeast – Low intrusive, with such a level of concentration, the structure comes naturally and allows all the soil expression. Vertical press.
18 months in oak barrels – 30% new barrels – Malolactic fermentation completed.
Allen Meadows: “A pungent nose of moderate wood, menthol, iron inflicted earth, dark berries and the hallmark Mercurey sauvage nuances leads to very rich and ripe medium weight flavors that are shaped by firm but phenolically mature tannins. The powerful, muscular and rustic finish displays fine length and very good depth that should only improve with time in bottle. This is a mouth full of wine and won’t be for everyone until it has a chance to spend a few years in a cool cellar”
“Les Rognons de Veau à la Dijonnaise”
(veal’s kidneys in mustard sauce).
Ideally served at: 16°C – Ageing potential: 7 – 9 years
AWARDS AND PRESS MARKS
Allen Meadows: 89/2017+ (Vintage 2011) – 90/2020+ (Vintage 2012) – 89/2020+ (Vintage 2013)
Les meilleurs Vins de France 2014: 15,5/20 (Vintage 2011)
Wine Spectator 2015: 89/100 – “Aromatic, offering vegetal notes of beet, tomato, cherry and tea leaf. Bright, mouthwatering and long. Best from 2015 through 2022.” (Vintage 2012)
The New York Times 02/18/2015: 2/3 – “Dense, spicy and slightly tannic, with plenty of stuffing.” (Vintage 2012)
Bettane & Desseauve 2016: 16/20 – Favorite – 2017-2026 “Floral and red roses notes, very long, it has a beautiful afterglow and power. Very ripe and peppery, ample, it is greedy and serious.” (Vintage 2013)
Bettane & Desseauve 2017: Favorite – “The most accessible of the premier crus, the fruit is crisp, peppery, it has shine. The finish is extended by a few smoky notes.” (Vintage 2014)