Philippe le Hardi Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets Rouge
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 3 million bottles of red wine each year. Its wines are renowned for being deeper in colour and fuller In body than those of neighbouring villages. The vines for this cuvee have an average age of 30 years and are planted on rich clay soils, with some limestone outcrops, which give the wines power and structure.
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Tasting Notes: A captivating wine with intense blackberry fruit and more delicate notes of clove and juniper. Hardi’s reds really excel in their silky texture and this is no exception, with a palate that is both refreshing and soothing.
Food Match: Often paired with game - pigeon or venison are common. For vegetarians, try roasted aubergines or mushroom stroganoff.
Awards: International Wine Challenge 2017 - Gold & Trophy Winner
Sugar Level: <1g/l
Closure: Natural Cork
Farming Practice: Vegan
|Brand||Philippe le Hardi|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|
|Main Grape||Pinot Noir|
|Flavour||Elegant & Complex|