Antonin Rodet is the exclusive winegrower and distributor of the Château de Mercey estate. The castel was built in the 16th Century at the Southern limits of the Côte de Beaune. The vineyard estate extends over 40 hectares principally surrounding the Château.
Antonin Rodet runs 4 hectares of the 28 hectares that compose the Premier Cru parcel "Les Clos Roussots".
100% Pinot Noir.
Though the hill-slopes are differently oriented to those of the Côte de Beaune, their nature and origins are geologically the same, making up a varied patchwork of hills and valleys. The vineyards mostly have a south/south-westerly exposure and lie at altitudes of 240-400 metres. Cheilly, in the valley of the Cozanne, has rather light pebbly soils. Sampigny and Dezize share the climats (named plots) which lie to the south of Santenay on brown limestone soils and limey marls.
Grapes are harvested by hand and totally destemmed to avoid any kind of bitterness or unwanted vegetal aromas.
Maceration lasts about 3 weeks in order to get wines with a deep color, complex aromas and as a consequence a good ageing potential.
Traditional vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled concrete vats – that will allow us to master the fermentation temperatures thanks to the great inertia of concrete - with regular stirring and pumpings-over. Alternating those two methods is a good way to obtain balanced wines because the tannins are not too much extracted.
Then, the wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels with 30% new oak. It will give the perfect touch of toasted aromas to the wine and its ripe tannins.
Colour: intense garnet red
Nose: aromas of black fruits and undergrowth
Palate: a dense and structured wine, with strong tannins. Flavors of black fruits such as cherry, blackberry accompanied with aromas of undergrowth.
Warm and fluid, its tannic structure is notably delicate and subtle. Its natural partners, therefore, are poultry and red meats which won't clash with its tannins, especially in spicy exotic dishes to which its peppery vinosity forms a lively counterpart.
Serve ideally at a temperature of 14 to 16° C (57-60°F).