Mercurey rouge Premier Cru
"Clos des Ruelles" Monopole

Terroir

Our vineyard of Les Ruelles monopole is composed by 2 plots with different exposures. Vines planted between 1954 and 1980.
Total area: 2,5377 hectares (6,2681 acres)
Climat & Soil : Vines exposed South/South-east. Clayey and limestone soil with a limestone predominance. High concentration of oxidized iron components.

Winemaking and Aging

Grapes are harvested by hand then sorted out and totally destemmed. Maceration is made and alcoholic fermentation lasts from 15 to 18 days in temperatures' control vats, with punching of the cap. Aging is 100 % made in oak barrels with 25 % of new barrels during 15 month. Malolactic fermentation is 100 % realized. Wine is bottled in Traditional Bourgogne bottles. The cork is marked with the estate's name and the vintage.

Tasting notes

Pretty intense garnet colour with purple tints. Crystal clear.
The nose develops some dried flowers notes surrounding by peony and soft spices.
Palate is delicate and smooth with juiciness. Fruity and spices aromas dominate while tannins are elegant and open to a long finish.

Food and wine pairings

The Mercurey red Premier Cru « Les Ruelles » 2013 will perfectly match with game birds, soft cheeses or goat cheeses.

Service and cellaring

It can be served from now at 13-14° C or kept in cellar between 6 and 8 years.

Art of tasting

Owning great wines in your cellar is not enough, you also need to know how to serve them.
Température is an essential element, around 53-57° F for the white and 55-59°F for the red. And if you don't have the right tasting glass which will amplify the wines's aromas, you may considerably reduce your tasting pleasure.
A great glass gives a large ventilation surface to the wine and a tightening neck, which allow the nose to grasp more easily the richness and the complexity of a great wine.