Mercurey, 2012 Les Saumonts

Mercurey, 2012 Les Saumonts

Item #: P1218R1IF
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Les Saumonts Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Mercurey 1er Cru, France
Color: Bright Magenta
Nose: Violets, Lilac, Deep Cherry
Palate: Gentle Cherry, Earth
Finish: Very Long, Soft Tannins
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Game, Fowl, Seafood/13.0% Alcohol by Volume
Availability: Out of Stock
Retail Price: $65.00    Log in for LOWEST PRICE!
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I'll be frank. The Burgundy appellation is nothing short of a disaster. The average holding per owner here is one and a half acres. You can't make enough wine to survive, so merchants called negotiants buy from growers all over the appellation, mixing good ones and not-so-good ones in order to make enough wine to sell.

A lot of it isn't very good. The problem is that the great ones are just about as good as wine can get. And that's what draws the moths to the flame.

I've been tasting Burgundy for 50 years and can count the great ones on one hand. But I'll never forget any of them.

Domaine du Couedic is an oddity in Burgundy. They actually own their vineyards, which means they can control every part of the grape growing process. The only reason that this wine doesn't cost $100 is that it is in Mercurey, a small appellation in the Cote du Beaune that is known for good but not great wines. This one is singled out as a Premiere Cru, which means it is as good as it gets here.

In the last 10 years, this area has produced the best values in Burgundy. That's because producers like fourth-generation winemaker Agnes du Couedic can now spend the money to tend these delicate vines into making magnificent wines. This is Burgundy at its best. Soft, supple, elusive, but still present and able to command attention when paired with a rack of lamb.