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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
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Vinification
Manual harvest into crates. Grapes are totally destemmed and put into tanks at low temperature for 3 days minimum. Maximum fruit is extracted. Pumping and light pigeages allows extraction of the color and tannins, promising good aging. The fermentation temperature will rise gradually to over 30°C to stabilize the color. Once the sugars are finished, maceration ends in closed tank. The juice from the vat is drawn off, then the solid material is pressed into a pneumatic press and added in small touches to the free-run juice. After settling of the juice for 24 hours, wines are intoned for aging in oak barrels. ML will start gradually and end in barrels. Aged 18 months in 228-liter French Oak barrels from the Vosges and the Chatillonais.
Production
3000 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

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

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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