The winemaker's favourite

The winemaker’s favorite

Mercurey Premier Cru En Sazenay 2011 Château de Mercey

Anne-Laure Hernette, winemaker at the Château de Mercey, presents her favorite wine. To be enjoyed among family or friends, or for a romantic tête-à-tête, along with a seasonal dish of guinea fowl with chestnuts, roast turkey, coq au vin or bœuf bourguignon in the winter. In fall, try it with a meat dish with wild mushrooms, and cheese lovers will enjoy it with Epoisses, Langres or Brie.

With its ruby red color and complex, sophisticated nose marrying summer fruits and spices, this wine is harmonious in the mouth with an ample and fleshy finish. It can be kept for up to eight years, and is part of the Antonin Rodet Châteaux collection, offering all the qualities of a truly great wine. 

The premier cru climat of En Sazenay is one of 31 climats in this premier cru appellation. It covers 14 hectares in total and the Château de Mercey operates 1.75 hectares of these. Located southwest of the village of Mercurey, split across the communes of Mercurey and St-Martin-sous-Montaigu, the plot is at an altitude of 250-280 meters above sea level.

The vines are around 50 years old and enjoy an ideal southeasterly aspect on a clay-limestone sandy soil that brings structure and depth to the wines. The grapes are harvested manually. Traditional vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled concrete vats with regular pigeages and pumpings-over. The wines are aged for a year in wood in the château’s cellars.

The Château de Mercey estate covers 48 hectares.

Red appellations include Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune with vines pruned into a lyre shape (22 hectares), Mercurey (9 hectares), Maranges Premier Cru (4.2 hectares), Mercurey Premier Cru (1.75 hectares), and Santenay (1.15 hectares). The whites include Hautes-Côtes de Beaune with vines pruned into a lyre shape (6.9 hectares), Bourgogne Aligoté (1.6 hectares), and Mercurey (1.33 hectares).