See also Chateau de Santenay's excellent Premier Cru Mercurey - rated as a DWWA 2017 Best in Category.
The (short-on-supply) 2016 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2018 edition tasting of Best Buy Red Burgundy (see blue link below). The 2015 vintage is also excellent (better?) but was not submitted for test.
Chateau De Santenay Mercurey Rouge (Vielles Vignes) 2016 - Nov 2018 Decanter review
NB: Decanter have titled this wine Vielles Vignes, this being a term that is not obviously used by Chateau de Santenay in their description or naming. We assure you that this wine is the Decanter-reviewed one - a quick check on the producer website should assure and, as you can see, the VV term appears on the label of the bottles we receive.
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. 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 property has 98 hectares of vineyards, 72 of which are in Mercurey. 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 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 being bottled in January 2017.
Dark ruby in colour, this wine 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.