Mercurey is an appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise, where the red wines are characterised by their deep colour and fuller body compared to their neighbouring appellations. The ‘lieu dit’ or named vineyard of ‘Les Murgers’ is situated on rocky soils; its Burgundian name of ‘Meurger’ comes from the heaps of stones that were removed from the plot to enable vine planting. The east-facing Gouffier plot covers 1.2 hectares with loamy topsoil, deeper layers of clay with the rocky component offering the vine good drainage. The vineyard is cultivated using organic preparations, with ploughing, pruning, desuckering and leaf thinning to maintain the high quality of the fruit. The vines are pruned according to the ‘Guyot Poussard’ method, which respects the sapflow of the vine, reducing the serious consequences of pruning cuts and optimises the vine’s health.
The hand-picked fruit was vinified with 30% whole bunches, enhancing the fruit and aromatics, while adding freshness and structure. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of 228 litres, one third were new barrels which imparted structure and length, while rounding out the tannins.