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Maurice Protheau Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos l'Eveque
Domaine Maurice Protheau
France - Burgundy - Mercurey

The "Clos l'Evêque" was, in the XVIII century, the best vineyard in Mercurey. It belonged to the Bishopric of Chalon-sur-Saône, near Mercurey, and the wine was used for the bishop' receptions as well as for the masses (only the best wine could be served to God). In French "Evêque" means Bishop. It is also called a "Clos" because the vines used to be surrounded by a wall. Some parts of it still remain.

Lovely garnet color, medium intensity, limpid and bright, beautiful tears. The nose, clean and elegant, evokes ripe red and black fruits, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, blueberry; the aeration is enriched by fine woody notes, roasted coffee, cocoa and a hint of licorice. The palate is ample, full, round and fleshy with a fruity expression of a beautiful purity. The evolution shows a fine substance and silky tannins supported by the freshness. Perfectly balanced, presenting a long finish on sweet spices.

Specifications
Appellation
Mercurey
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Pinot Noir
Age of vines
46 years on average
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Clay and limestone
Vinification
Manual harvest into crates. The fermentation temperature will rise gradually to over 30°C to stabilize the color. Total destemming, vatting for 3 weeks in temperature-controlled vats, daily pumping over and punching down of the cap to extract color and tannins, promising good aging.
Aged 12 months in 228-liter French Oak barrels from the Vosges and the Chatillonais (10% new oak).
Production
3,000 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Roast beef, cheese, and once the wines has aged, game meats.

Reviews and News

2018 Maurice Protheau Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos l'Eveque - 92 PTS - WE

2018 Maurice Protheau Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos l'Eveque - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts""
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 92 pts

Producer Information: Domaine Maurice Protheau

The first members of the Protheau family cultivated vineyards in Mercurey in 1720. Generations of fathers and sons have continued to produce wine here, and the current winery (Chateau d’ ...
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