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Mercurey 1er Cru Clos L'Evêque
Burgundy :: France
Domaine Belleville came into being at the beginning of the 20th century in the land surrounding Rully.
It owns 22 hectares of vineyards, including 4 hectares which are leased out, and 2 hectares of land extending from Gevrey Chambertin in the north to Mercurey in the south. It tends 18 hectares of vines, with 70 ares* in Gevrey Chambertin, 15 ares* in Chambolle Musigny, 40 ares* in Puligny Montrachet, 70 ares* in Santenay, 10.5 hectares in Rully and a further 5.5 hectares in Mercurey, which have been tended using organic production methods since 2017.
*1 are = one hundred square metres
Clos l’Evêque is a model of balance with finely-sculpted, well-assumed strength which makes it extremely elegant. In 1548, this large plot belonged to the bishops (evêque in French) of Chalon and kept the name “Clos L’Evêque”.
The terroir of the village of Mercurey enjoys exceptional geological diversity, which creates extensive variety in the wines produced there. Clay-limestone terroir with a predominance of limestone over the entire slope which makes it both wonderfully balanced and delightfully complex. Variable pruning to reflect requirements of the top, middle and bottom of the slope.
The wines are highly sought after for their complexity and ability to age well.
Aged 16 months of which 35% were new barrels.
Deep ruby red.
Aromas of wild red and black berries (blackberries) highlighted with peppery notes.
Focused palate with firm, ripe tannins and crisp acidity. Dark berry fruit and understated oak. A fine example of 1er Cru Mercurey which will age very well.
Braised beef with sauce, cucumbers and tajines, rib steak or beef ribs, game, grilled pork or roast pork.