Cellier des Dames - Mercurey 1er Cru ''Elisabeth de Valois'' - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
Coming from a cold climate, this Mercurey Ier Cru is rather discreet in its youth but offers real aging potential. Its smoky nose reveals notes of blackcurrant and blueberry.
The Cellier des Dames wines narrate the story of many of the “Dames de Bourgogne“, who, in their way, shaped what Burgundy became. At the forefront of the historical scene, these ladies associated with (and sometimes, but not always, married) the famous Dukes of Burgundy. These handcrafted wines have been created in their honour and in recognition of the impacts they had on the region, its vineyards, and its famous appellations. You’ll find the story of each Dame on the back label of their cuvée.
Elisabeth of Valois, often referred to as Elisabeth of France, died at age 23 on October 3, 1568. Her marriage by proxy at age 14 to Philip II made her Queen of Spain, Naples and Sicily, Duchess of Burgundy.
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: West in the town of Mercurey, a Premier Cru plot, Climat La Bondue. The steep slope and its East / South-East orientation guarantee a beautiful exposure to the sun.
Terroir: Clay Limestone soils. Red soil, rich in iron oxide.
Vines: Average of 35 years in Pinot Noir.
Vinification: Manual harvest with rigorous selection on a sorting table. 17 days of fermentation in open wooden vats. Light daily winding. 25% whole harvest and 75% destemmed harvest.
Ageing: 12 months of aging in traditional Burgundy pieces, 50% of which are new barrels. Late malolactic fermentation in Spring.