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Château de Santenay, Mercurey Rouge ‘Vielles Vignes’

France | 2016
vev

£25 a bottle

The Château de Santenay, Mercurey Rouge ‘Vielles Vignes’ is dark ruby in colour, it is bright and lifted with excellent concentration. the nose is elegant with aromas of ripe red fruit including cherries, and a touch of oak. The palate is full with great structure and an attractive chewy and grainy character. The finish is long and fresh.

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Producer

This magnificent property, which dates back to the 9th century, is also known as Château Philippe le Hardi, as it was once owned by the first Duc of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi is famous as the person who banned the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d’Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir

The fruit for the Mercurey Rouge comes from Château de Santenay’s 72 hectares of vines planted across the Mercurey appellation. The soils are rich in clay, but the limestone is still very present as well as some areas of marl. These characteristics give the red wines of Mercurey finesse and structure.

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for seven days at 8°C to extract colour and flavour from the skins. Temperature-controlled fermentation lasted 12 to 14 days with daily pumping over, finishing with a rack and return, or ‘délestage’, to impart the grainy tannins that give the wines a lovely structure and length. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 13 months, of which 20% was new.

Food Match

Ideal with spicy duck, mushroom risotto. Also with turkey and roast chicken.
Sustainable, Vegetarian, Vegan

Alcohol Percentage

13%

Additional information

Vintage

2016

Grape Variety

Other

Vegetarian, Vegan

Country of Origin

Region

Burgundy

Style

Medium Bodied Reds

Alcohol Percentage

13%

Food Pairing

Mushrooms, Poultry

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