In the Cote Chalonnaise, birthplace of viticultural Burgundy, Mercurey is one of the oldest terroirs which has always enjoyed an excellent reputation. Mercurey is also the native village of Maison Antonin Rodet.
The village inherited its name from the Romans: when they settled in the region, they built a temple in tribute to Mercury, their patron God of commerce and financial gain.
Mercurey is a communal appellation which includes 31 Premier Cru climats. Located in the north of the Côte Chalonnaise, more than 90% of the wine produced under the appellation Mercurey are red wines. They extend on 596 ha, of which 143 are Premiers Crus. White wines are produced on 85 ha, including 13 ha of Premier Cru.
100% Pinot noir.
The vines grow at heights of 230 to 320 meters on marls and marly calcic soils of limestone.
The Pinot Noir grapes are handpicked, sorted at the arrival at the winery and 100% destemmed before 18 to 20 days of maceration and fermentation in wooden vats under controlled temperatures and with punching twice a day according to the Burgundian tradition.
The malolactic fermentation is 100% achieved and followed by maturing and ageing in oak barrels (including 20%) for around 12 months.
Visual: A purplish red.
Nose: Fairly fine but with plenty of character. Aromas of fruits steeped in kirsch accompanied by animal and woody notes.
Palate: Very well-balanced, combining fine fruity scents with a good structure thanks to the tannins.
This wine will be perfect paired with beef steaks, lamb (braised or in sauce) or poultry-based stews. Its structure makes it a perfect companion for any type of cheese (fresh or aged).
This wine can age for 5 years to let more complex aromas develop but can also be drunk now.
In its youth, better serve at 14° to 15°C. (57-59°F.). Rather serve older vintages at 16°C. (61°F.).