Patriarche Pere et Fils, AOC/AOP Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, 2005
The Cote Chalonnaise has 49 Premier Cus, but these are not of the same standard as the adjacent Cote d’Or, and rather than being on a single escarpment, its 5 appellations are scattered on limestone hills in 3 patches, that is from north to south – Bouzeron, Mercurey and Rully; Givry; Montagny and Buxy (non-appellation). Mercurey has the best reputation for quality and price.
The whole area is protected by the Morvan Hills to the west, lessening rainfall and the risk of frost and hail. Mercurey produces both reds and whites (small), with generally ageworthiness to 3-6 years, and up to 10 years for exceptional vintages.
This wine – varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 375ml, 13% abv, ex-producer cellar €10
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with a rich aroma of mentholly red cherries, then stewed sweet raspberry, a little red plum juice and a high-toned perfumed floral note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth yet grippy medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, of medium intensity, with flavours of stewed red plums, dried red berries, and preserved red cherries. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy preserved red cherry and red plum finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with a rich red fruit nose, acidity harmonious with the flavour intensity, drying tannins a little prominent, otherwise smooth on the palate; a well-developed wine showing stewed and dried fruit tertiary notes, of modest complexity with a decent length, this wine will keep for 2-3 years and not improve with cellaring.