DOMAINE DE LA BRESSANDE MERCUREY 2019
This appellation has 31 climates classified in "premiers crus". The reds are mainly represented with 535 hectares in production (133 Ha "premiers crus") and only 111 hectares for the whites (30 Ha in "premiers crus").
The estate vineyard extends around 33 hectares spread over the villages of Mercurey and Rully.
Vinification and maturing
Maceration lasted about 14 to 18 days in order to get wines with a deep color, complex aromas and as a consequence a good ageing potential.
Traditional vinification was then carried out in temperature-controlled concrete vats - to master the fermentation temperatures thanks to the great inertia of concrete - with regular stirring and pumpings-over. Alternating those two methods is a good way to obtain balanced wines because the tannins are not too much extracted.
Then, the wine was aged for 9 months in oak barrels with 20% new oak.
Nose: An intense bouquet of ripe red fruits enhanced by an elegant oak note.
Palate: The mouth is powerful and rich. Lots of fruit and intensity in this Mercurey. Beautiful aromatic length.
Wine and food pairing
Vintage : 2019
Winter was mild across whole Burgundy. Bud break started early April in our Domaine’s vineyards.
On April the 5th, a significant frost-freeze made damages in several plots. The villages of Rully and Mercurey were then less affected by a second freeze wave that occurred from the 13 to 14th of April, as the growers and people organized smoke screens to protect the vineyards.
The first grapes bunches appeared around the 20th of April.
Spring maintained damp but cold overall, during the whole month of May until flowering which began mid-June (10-15 of June.). This type of weather provided coulure and a very slow vegetative development of the vine.
Summer was then very hot (heatwave) and dry and causes “millerandage”.
Harvest took place in our estates from the 9th to the 24th of September under a radiant sun. The grapes showed good maturity and perfect balance. Throughout our estates volumes were down around 30%, with some plots more affected than others.