Domaine Emile Juillot, Mercurey 1er Cru Rouge, 'La Cailloute' 2016

Domaine Emile Juillot, Mercurey 1er Cru Rouge, 'La Cailloute' 2016

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Tucked in behind the one Rosette Le Val d'Or restaurant in the heart of Mercurey can be found the offices of the 11.5 hectare estate of Domaine Emile Juillot. It has not had any connection with the Juillot family for some time as the current proprietors, Nathalie and Jean-Claude Theulot, bought out Emile Juillot in the 1980's. Today the domaine is still very much a work in progress as Nathalie and Jean-Claude combine forces to completely overhaul the vineyard and winery. Since 2004 the estate has adopted culture raisonée, the eventual aim being to convert to biodynamics, but in the meanwhile, the watchwords of the domaine are fruit, elegance and precision. This particular Pinot Noir is from 20 year-old vines planted in the 'Cailloute' vineyard on chalky soil and with a southerly aspect at a relatively high altitude for Mercurey of 300m above sea level. Harvesting is by hand and all the grapes are destemmed before pressing. Following a lengthy fermentation, the wine is aged in used French oak barrels for 11 months.

A beautiful dark ruby in colour. The nose opens up with notes of fresh red fruits, blackcurrants and spices. Pleasantly fruity on the palate, this is a round and complex red with silky tannins leading to a lingering finish. The excellent acidity makes this a great wine to pair with coq au vin, sautéed lamb's kidneys in a mustard sauce or game terrine.