House: Domaine Jeannin-Naltet
Name: Mercurey 1er Cru Les Naugues
Origin: Burgundy, France
Price: 146 DKK/19,60 EUR/24,30 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 275 DKK/36,90 EUR/45,80 USD)
Deeper into the Burgundy
Burgundy wines, either white or red, are considered to be one of the best wines worldwide. That is also why they are among the most expensive. Whole Burgundy uses only 2 grapes. Chardonnay for white wine and Pinot Noir for red wines. Considering this, it is very interesting to see how can a character of wine made from same grape change depending on the terroir.
Over the centuries, Burgundy has become known for being the best land in the world for producing both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and it is for this reason that Burgundy wines have received such acclaim. In fact, the quality of the land is considered to be so important to the creation of red and white Burgundy, that inside the Burgundy region, vineyards are classified by four levels, depending on how exceptional it is believed one’s plot of land is for growing the grapes.
Appelations and Crus in Burgundy.
Based on the overal quality of the terroir, both red and white Burdgundy wines are divided into four categories:
- GRAND CRU – This is the top this region has to offer. Only 2% of all the vineyards are allowed to call themselves Grand Cru. Due to this, these are the most expensive wines and are actively pursued by wine collectors.
- PREMIER CRU – These wines come from vineyards that are still considered to be of excellent quality, just small step down from the Grand Cru wines. 12% of the vineyards are allowed to use this designation on their labels.
- VILLAGE WINES – These are the wines that are made from grapes that come from one of the 42 villages in Burgundy. You will know it is a village because you will see the name of the village on the label. Very often, these wines are grown right next to the Grand Cru or Premier Cru vineyards but for some reason, they did not receive this designation. That is why village wines are something to look out for if you are looking for a great wine for good price. They represent around 36% of the overall production.
- REGIONAL WINES – These are the wines that can come from anywhere in the Burgundy and they will only have a name of Bourgogne. You can find exceptional wines among them but these are not the wines that you should store forever. These are the wine you should drink now. They represent around 50% of total Burgundy wine production.
Domaine Jeannin-Naltet, Mercurey 1er Cru “Les Naugues” 2015
This wine has quite impressive dark color which from my experience is quite rare in Burgundy wines. Nose is quite spicy with a hint of oak. It goes from quite strong to smooth depending on how long is this wine open. In the taste we get hints of choclate and blackberries. Wine has medium long and smooth aftertaste.
Due to the fact, that this wine is made from grapes that come from 46 years old plants, this wine is perfect for fans of rich but elegant Pinot Noir. I recommend a small experiment. try to compare the first sip with the last one – you will probably feel like you have tasted two different wines.