Château Philippe le Hardi Mercurey Blanc
Château Philippe le Hardi is one of the largest estates in Burgundy, with over 90 hectares of vineyards. The land has been acquired gradually over the decades, and this “mosaic” of vineyards is reflected in the beautiful patterns on the château’s roof, recreated on all their labels. They see themselves as pioneers of environmentally-friendly farming, and have been Terra Vitis certified since 2004, even going so far as to install an apiary in the vineyards to show that their techniques are bee-friendly.
In the winery, oenologist Gerard Fagnoni emphasises gentle extraction for elegance and delicate tannic structure. The wines from the Côte d’Or and the Côte Chalonnaise are vinified in two separate cellars, keeping the different appellations stylistically unique. The cellars are modern and sparkling clean, so expect a more refined, pure style of Burgundy.
Mercurey is the largest appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise, producing around 700,000 bottles of white wine a year. The estate’s main holding is in Mercurey, so they can be hyper-selective when picking fruit for this cuvee. The soils here are rich in clay with some limestone, so the wines are naturally structured.
Fermented in oak barrels and aged on its lees for 13 months, we find a lovely texture offset by racy acidity.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Tasting Notes: A very expressive Chardonnay, with abundant citrus aromas, white flowers and a hint of vanilla. Textural, crisp and sophisticated, this is the perfect wine to show to all kinds of wine drinkers, from newbies to connoisseurs, as it is both accessible and complex.
Food Match: Rich fish dishes like grilled Turbot, or hard cheeses - Cantal, mature Pecorino or even a premium Cheddar.
Awards: International Wine Challenge 2016 - Silver
Sugar Level: <1g/l
Closure: Natural Cork
|Brand||Philippe le Hardi|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Flavour||Elegant & Complex|