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Mercurey, situated in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, 12 kilometres from Chalon-sur-Saône, is one the foremost appellations of Burgundy. Protected from moisture-bearing winds, tucked away in its hillsides or laid out along the aptly-named “Golden Valley” the vineyards stretch as far as the neighbouring village of Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu. The AOC status was instituted in 1923. United through the Brotherhood of the Chanteflûte, created in 1971, the local winemakers are dedicated to enjoying the wines of Mercurey and promoting them to the world.

In Mercurey the vines grow at altitudes of 230 to 320 metres. They spread over marls and marly calcic soils of Oxfordian limestone. On the eastern side, they grow in calcic and marly soils. In the west crystalline Jurassic rocks are overlain by gravels. Part of Mercurey's vineyards belong to the Bathonien. On these white limey soils and red clays, the vines are truly at home.

Mercurey is an appellation for both red and white wine. The reds have a deep, profound ruby colour. This crisp-fruited wine evokes strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. Age ushers in notes of underbrush, spicy tobacco notes and cocoa beans. In the mouth this wine is rich, full-bodied, and chewy. In its youth, the tannins of this wine lend it a mineral firmness, becoming attractively rounded and meaty over time. White Mercurey is a typical Chardonnay gold, varying in its degree of paleness and flecked with green. It boasts aromas of white flowers (mayflower, acacia), hazelnut, almond, and spices (cinnamon, pepper). A touch of flint is a trademark of this wine. Full of flavour, it is eminently drinkable.

Red Mercurey is rich, meaty and solidly put together. Mercurey, secure in its position among the royalty of wines, brings out the best from beef rib steaks, or joints of beef or lamb braised or in sauce. Roast pork is well suited to its rich aromas, as are poultry-based stews. Exotic dishes likewise prove worthy partners for this wine. As for the cheeseboard, this wine harmonises equally well with either mild, soft cheeses or aged versions. White Mercurey has a spicy and floral bouquet and juicy appeal, destined to partner grilled fish or fish in sauce, cooked seafood, Asian cuisine, and hard cheeses. White Mercurey can also make a wonderful pre-dinner drink.

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