An appellation from Bourgogne revealed: Mercurey, a patchwork of Climats

Mercurey is one of the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s biggest appellations in terms of production, comparable to Meursault or Gevrey-Chambertin in that respect, and certainly providing enough wine to satisfy markets both in France and beyond.

Wine characteristics:

Reds: Often deep in color, tinged with ruby, these wines evoke strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, with a truly fruity bite. Age brings in notes of undergrowth, and spicy touches of tobacco and cocoa beans. In the mouth, they are rich, full-bodied, and fruity. In their youth, the tannins of this wine lend it a mineral firmness. When aged, they are attractively fleshy and rounded.

Whites: With hints of green, their typical Chardonnay gold color brings aromas of white blossom like hawthorn and acacia, along with hazelnut, almond, and spices like cinnamon and pepper. A touch of minerality adds to the trademark of these flavorsome, eminently drinkable wines.

Sommelier’s tips

Reds: Rich and fleshy, Mercurey is Bourgogne wine royalty, providing a hearty structure to accompany a fine steak or any beef or lamb joints, either braised or in sauce. Roast pork is well suited to its aromatic richness, as are stewed poultry dishes and other more exotic-flavored delights. On the cheeseboard, pair it with both soft cheeses and more mature examples.
Serving temperatures: 14-15°C for young wines, 15-16°C for older wines.

Whites: Their spicy, floral, or mineral bouquets make them the ideal partner for grilled fish or fish in sauce, cooked seafood, Asian cuisine, and hard cheeses. White Mercurey also makes a wonderful aperitif.
Serving temperature: 11-13°C.

Mercurey is situated in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, around 12 kilometers from Chalon-sur-Saône, and is one the biggest appellations in the Bourgogne wine region. Protected from moisture-bearing winds by its hillsides, the region stretches across the villages of Mercurey and Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu. Mercurey’s AOC status was conferred in 1923.

The vines grow at heights of 230 to 320 meters above sea level. They grow on Oxfordian limestone marl and marly chalky soils. The eastern part is on limestone and marl; to the west, crystalline Jurassic rocks are overlain with gravel; and a large part is Bathonian. The vines are truly at home on this white limestone or red clay.

Source: Bourgognes International - Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne


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