Most Important Region in Côte Chalonnaise
The Mercurey appellation is a village in the Côte Chalonnaise of Burgundy, East of France. Mercurey takes its name from the Roman god Mercury. It is more sought after for its reds but produces some white wines worthy of interest. It is located in the north of the Côte, in the extension of the Rully vineyard. This is, with 6.45 square kilometers, the largest vineyard in the Côte Chalonnaise area. The altitude varies according to the situation of the places-known between 230 and 320 meters.
Perfect Match for Pinot Noir
The exposure of the slopes is east, south-east or south, to take advantage of the marno-limestone grounds, which are a perfect match for Pinot Noir. Indeed, it is a delight to these stony soils from layers of hard limestone. The Chardonnay white grape is more minority (over 0.65 square kilometers). In total, 2,700,000 liters of wines from this appellation are produced each year in the area. Thirty climates deserve a Premier Cru status, the most famous being Clos-des-Montaigus, Clos-des-Fournaux, Clos-Voyens Clos-du-Roy.
Exemplary Quality Wines
The reds, cherry rubies, are very rich in aromas of red and black fruits, licorice, and flowers (lilac and pink) and with age gain in mid-kirsch and half-pepper aromas. They also offer good persistence, thanks to tannins that do not dominate its fruitiness, which gives them a good aging potential. The whites excel with their bouquet of hedge flowers, with lemon, white peach, and mineral notes (flint). They can be kept for a few years.
The Mercurey appellation was born in 1936 and covered the wines of Mercurey itself and those of neighboring Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu.
Mercurey’s climate is continental type climate, with long, warm summers and relatively dry fall months, making for the best growing season and harvest.
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A part of the important features of Mercurey appellation for white wines are as follows:
- Soil: marno-limestone, stony soils.
- Taste: Balanced.
- Wine color: white wine.
- Aromas: hedge flowers with lemon, white peach, and mineral notes (flint).
- Aging potential: 2 – 4 years.
- Serving temperature: 12 to 14° C
A part of the important features of Mercurey appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: brown or lime soils with little clay in their make-up.
- Taste: Balanced.
- Wine color: Red, cherry ruby with dark garnet.
- Aromas: black fruits, licorice, and flowers (lilac and pink).
- Aging potential: 5 – 12 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C
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