Philippe makes some Aligoté and has a half hectare of Chardonnay for a Mercurey Blanc, both of which are vinified and matured in 250 litre ceramic barrels, though the estate is primarily focused on red wines.
Grapes are hand-picked and fermented with natural yeasts only. Whole bunches are used regularly depending on the vintage and cuvee. The reds age in barrel for 12 months, and new oak (lightly toasted) is used sensitively at 10% – 50% depending on the cuvée. Vines are old.
Mercurey Blanc La Chagnée is a 0.4 hectare parcel of 30 year vines on a steep, south-facing limestone slope. Fresh and aromatic, with a light phenolic touch and an attractiveness richness.
Bourgogne Rouge Clos des Boilles is a blend of parcels 50, 23 and 8 years old – a Bourgogne Rouge with deep colour, a rich nose and exceptional mouth perfume. Fresh crunchy fruit.
Mercurey Premier Cru Clos des Montaigues. These vines were planted in 1959, along an east-facing slope of limestone. Energetic and dense, more mineral and spice than fruit.
Mercurey Premier Cru La Chassière – from a south-east facing vineyard of limestone over clay with vines aged 60, 40 and 35 years. It is more supple on attack, the finish firm and dry.
Mercurey Premier Cru Clos du Paradis. 60 year old vines, on marl and clay. Notes of cassis and cherry with a voluptuous attack and a firm structure behind. Wonderfully perfumed!