We have chosen to use the word investment, not to advise you to buy this or that bottle in order to make a capital gain in a few years' time, but rather to invest in certain estates or appellations which will be more difficult to access financially in the next few years.
AN APPELLATION LOVED BY ALL
The Mercurey appellation is an AOC that every consumer knows at least by name, at best having already tasted a bottle. The wines are quite popular, because for the most part, they are affordable for everyone.
The wines of Mercurey were validated in 1937 and are now one of the most important appellations in Burgundy. It is located in the department of Saône et Loire, right in the centre of the Côte Chalonnaise, about ten kilometres from Chalon-sur-Saône. The vineyards cover 650 hectares, 545 hectares of reds and 105 hectares of whites, where the king grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
These grape varieties thrive on the Mercurey soils. To the east the soils are limestone marl, while to the west they benefit from a Jurassic structure covered with sandstone. This diversity of soils allows the wines of Mercurey to cover a very different palette of aromas and textures.
A STYLE OF WINE THAT APPEALS TO EVERYONE
Here is the second reason why Mercurey wines appeal to many people...
For the white wines, the chardonnay brings its white fruit and floral notes which combine perfectly with barrel aging. The soils give the wine a certain exuberance and a very pronounced aromatic richness.
For the reds, the Pinot Noir is softer and rounder than on the Côte de Nuits. It gives notes of red fruits, fruits of the forest and the wines can be enjoyed when young.
Some estates have very rich soils, which allow the Pinot Noir to produce more mineral wines, more prone to ageing.
A MULTITUDE OF PLOTS
About 120 farmers share the 650 hectares of vineyards that produce two AOCs.
Mercurey village to which the name of its original climate can be added (there are 78 lieux-dits in Mercurey).
Mercurey Premier Cru, if it comes from one of the 32 climats classified as Premier Cru.
Of all these properties, we have chosen to describe the Domaine Meix Foulot, which, with its rich history, offers authentic wines from the appellation.
The Meix Foulot estate is a family one, of 20 hectares, mainly on the city of Mercurey. From the work in the vines to the choice of barrels and bottling. Their wine preserve the purity of the aromas and the delicacy of the tannins expressed in the wines by the least interventionist vinification possible.