Information about the wine:
The wine comes from the single vineyard Les Montelons in Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise from 25 year old Chardonnay vines with 10,000 stock density on Argilo-Calcaire soils. It fermented spontaneously and over six months in three to ten year old barrels. This was followed by ageing for twelve months. Very low addition of sulphur at bottling.
The Mercurey is immediately present in the glass. It is open and inviting with aromas of pickled yellow pears, a hint of ripe lemons as well as a lactic note reminiscent of cream yoghurt with biscuit. The volatile acidity present at first does exactly what its name advertises: it dissipates after a short time. Then a note of cherry and orange blossom becomes present, and a little crushed limestone joins in.
The Mercurey from the single vineyard Les Montelons is juicy and tastes of ripe yellow apple, even more of yellow pears as well as quinces and mirabelles. Yes, that's a lot of yellow fruit. As the wine fans out with air, it also becomes a little more opulent with warmth, but it always remains tonically fresh and very lively, while citrus notes and a little salt give it the final kick.
Food recommendations by Christina Hilker:
- Ricotta gnudi with green pesto and baked asparagus (vegetarian)
(cheese, cream cheese, asparagus, vegetarian dishes)
- Pear ravioli with honey butter and prosciutto
(bacon, ham (pork), ravioli, pome fruit)
- Creamy chicken cutlets with mushrooms, young peas and spring onions
(poultry, chicken, legumes, onion vegetables)
François de Nicolay, 4 Rue Henri Cyrot, 21420 Savigny-Lès-Beaune / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01