Domaine du Chateau Philippe le Hardi Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets 2020 Burgundy, France
Domaine du Château Philippe le Hardi (formerly Château de Santenay) was once the majestic stately home of the first Duke of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi received his duchy from his father, the King of France, and became famous for banning the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d'Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes. 'Les Puillets' vineyard is located on south-west facing hillside slopes in the appellation of Mercurey. The average age of the vines is 30 years and the soils are rich in clay, while the presence of limestone and marl gives the wines power and a beautiful structure. The vineyard is certified as ‘Terra Vitis’ and is cultivated without the use of pesticide
The 2020 is a deep garnet in colour. The nose is intense with aromas of blackberry and hints of spice and cedar. It is powerful on the palate, with flavours of black fruits and soft spices that fill the mouth, beautifully balanced by elegant tannins that linger on the finish. Serve with duck.