- RegionCôte Chalonnaise
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 25 years
- SoilClay and limestone
- Average yield45 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential3-5 years
- Serving temperature 14-15°
- The name of Mercurey and its reputation as a viticultural commune date from the period when the Roman legions erected a temple there to Mercury, their God of Commerce and Trade amongst other things. As regards the character of the wine, Mercurey possesses an individual appeal despite obvious parralels with the Côte de Beaune. Typically, it has a penetrating, earthy fruitiness allied to an ample backbone with plenty of grip on the palate.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditionnelle en cuve ouverte
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in stainless steel vats
- Tasting NoteRuby-red in colour, the Mercurey 2008 has aromas of coffee on the nose which evolve with time into notes of liquorice and fern. On tasting, the wine is round and powerful.
- Food PairingGoose confit - roasted lamb - Cantal cheese
- Mercurey 2016 - Wine Spectator - Web only 2016 - 88/100
Sour cherry and currant notes and a mineral accent are the flavors in this fresh red, which finishes with a touch of herb. Drink now through 2020. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Mercurey 2009 - Simon Woods - October 2012 - "Always fresh"Bit of a pup, still with its framework of slightly stalky tannin and fresh acidity, but there's enough perky cherry and red berry fruit to flesh it out. Juicy and ripe, but always fresh. By Simon Woods (UK).
- Mercurey 2009 - My Wines And More - May 2013 - 86/100Pale ruby. Red berries, touch of vanilla on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner style, fruity, quite pure, slightly grippy finish, good length. Refreshing.
- Mercurey 2009 - The Wall Street Journal - July 2012 - Sipped with enjoyment"This example has a wonderful nose, packed with autumnal notes such as plums and dark cherries. The finish is smooth and silky which means it doesn't overwhelm the palate and can be sipped with enjoyment.
- Mercurey 2009 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2012 - 89/100From the southerly (Côte Chalonnaise) village of Mercurey, this has a reasonably deep cherry/crimson colour and nose that has clear cherry fruit, a touch of graphite and subtle spiciness. It seems tight and focused, without the sous-bois character of the Marsannay at this stage. Filled with charming, ripe red berry and cherry fruit on the palate, it has firm but easy-going tannins and fresh acidity, making it an extremely elegant wine in a youthful, clean-cut style. By Tom Cannavan (UK).
- Mercurey 2009 - Jancis Robinson - January 2011 - 15.5/20Drink 2011-2014: Pale cherry red. Fresh and quite vital and beguiling. Focused and cheerful. Lots of easy fun and charm here. (UK)
- Mercurey 2005 - The New York Times - February 18th 2009 - "Delicate"Delicate with understated flavors of flowers, red fruit and earth. By Eric Asimov, USA.