Domaine Michel Juillot covers 31 hectares across the Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune. Created in 1928 in Mercurey, his vineyard is composed by 21 hectares of Pinot Noir and 10 hectares of Chardonnay. The Mercurey appellation, at 650 hectares in area, offers winemakers rich and varied soils. It is thanks to this particular terroir that the wines have a beautiful natural structure. A non-intrusive vinification is done as much as possible to keep the seductive flavours found in the wines from Domaine Michel Juillot.
The grapes are harvested by hand then undergo selective sorting in the winery to ensure that only the best grapes are used to make this wine. The grapes are 100% destemmed. The fermentation occurs in an open vat for 20 days with temperature control. Only natural yeasts are used. The wine develops such a level of concentration, that the structure comes naturally and expresses the terroir perfectly. Cellar maturing takes place over 18 months in oak barrel - 30% of which are new. Malolactic fermentation is also allowed to occur.
See also blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the domaine.
Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos Des Barraults Rouge 2014 - fiche technique
Soft wood is noticeable on the ripe nose of dark currant, pepper and plenty of earth character that continues onto the notably finer and more energetic middle weight flavours. There is evident minerality and there is a good mouth feel of the balanced, focused, detailed and impressively persistent finish.