Château Philippe Le Hardi Mercurey Vieilles Vignes 2016 

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Château Philippe le Hardi is one of the most important properties in Burgundy with vineyards across the Cotes d'Or and Chalonnaise. The beautiful building is located in the village of Santenay and named after the nobleman who established Pinot Noir as the dominant red grape of Burgundy as we know it today. The château produces a wide variety of wines whose characteristics reflect the wide range of terroirs the region has to offer. The French government recently intervened to prevent the estate from falling into the hands of foreign investors, thereby preserving a significant slice of local heritage. Since then an overhaul of the winery and winemaking team has lifted quality to new heights.

Mercurey, situated in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, is developing a great reputation for powerful Pinot Noir. The old vines of around 50 years old are planted in Oxfordian limestone marl soils.

The grapes are de-stemmed before a pre-fermentation cold soak  for a week at 8-10°C. Fermentation is accompanied by daily pumping over and pigeage. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

Tasting Note: Aromatic ripe deep supple juicy damson fruit, soft, fine-grained tannins and hints of spice on the long finish. Great purity and already drinking nicely.

Food Match: The ideal partner for truffled beef ravioli.

Closure: Natural Cork.

Farming Practices: Contains Sulfites

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