Flattering nose with an appealing palette of fruity aromas (blackcurrant, redcurrant, plum). Fleshy and balanced on the palate with oaked notes and a pleasing finish.
Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Beaujolais Crus (see blue link below).
Brilliant colour with deep purple nuances. Fine, elegant nose with floral notes of iris, violet and peony. Soft and round on the palate with lovely length revealing floral and dark berry flavours of blueberry and blackcurrant.
Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards Rhone Section (see blue link below).
A powerful and well-rounded wine, with refined, mellow tannins whose velvety texture accompanies an elegant bouquet of violets, liquorice and truffles.
Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Red Cote de Beaune over £15) at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2016 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
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. Despite its long history, the property had fallen on hard times until it was taken over by the French bank Crédit Agricole in recent years. They have invested heavily, bringing in a new team to support the general manager, Gérard Fagnoni, and putting the emphasis on quality. The property has 98 hectares of vineyard, 72 of which are in Mercurey. These are remarkably well-made and good-value wines from the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise.
The eight hectare 'Les Puillets' vineyard is located on the south-south-west facing hillslide slopes in the Chalonnaise appellation of Mercurey. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The soils here 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 power and a beautiful structure.
Most of the fruit from their vineyards was hand harvested. On 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% were new, before bottling.
This Mercurey is a dark garnet colour. The nose is focused on woody notes and kirsch. Full and rich, the palate shows red cherry and redcurrant flavours with mouthwatering freshness and pleasant tannins on the finish. Though drinking well now, it will reward some time in the cellar. Dark ruby in colour. The nose is intense with aromas of dark berries, cherries and spicy notes. The palate is full yet elegant with ripe, dark fruits and a surprisingly long and complex finish.
Ruby red, bright and clear. Aromatic bouquet of raspberry and violet. Soft and fruity with a velvet mouthfeel.
Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely adopt a minimalist approach. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur in their winemaking approach. All the fruit is hand-picked and they destem 90% of their red grapes before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. The couple never use SO2 during the winemaking process, adding only a small amount at bottling for stabilization.
Their thrilling Mercurey from old biodynamically-tended vines (100 years old) reaches an altogether different level. It is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Beurrot (related to the Pinot Gris).
There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Striking elegance, complexity and length.
A typical Santenay red wine is more deeply colored than the wines from further north, but still retains the dark cherry color so characteristic of red Burgundy. The aromas are of licorice, red berries and violets, and the most perfumed examples also show notes of rose petals.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. The village/commune of Aloxe-Corton sits towards the northern end of the famed Côte de Beaune and is the only commune on the Côte to boast Grand Cru domaines for red wine. The Valozières domaine, sits tucked against the Grand Cru parcelles and offers this excellent Premier Cru red. Whilst not the deepest Aloxe-Corton ever, red fruits and flavours of ageing merge beautifully here.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Gevrey-Chambertin requires little introduction to most as one of the Côte de Nuits' most revered appellations. As with most Côte de Nuits reds, it offers a darker and slightly more complex wine (even as red Burgundies go) featuring the earthy gamey-ness notes that typifies the reds of these stellar communes.
We took into stock a number of of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Volnay, from the middle of the Cote de Beaune, has always offered the the lighter and fruitier side of red Burgundy (red fruits: redcurrants, cherry, raspberry, strawberry) and this one does that in spades, with the flavours of ageing now nicely laid down among these.