“Precise and graceful”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Everyone’s excited about the 2010 red Burgundies. We’ve been thrilled since our first look last spring, and we’re not alone. NYT wine writer Eric Asimov recently wrote,I love the vintage. The best wines are precise, graceful and subtly but firmly structured.”

The best vintages in Burgundy often need (and reward) careful cellaring. Certain wines from 2010 will no doubt be drinking well into the 2030s. But not all of the 2010s require such patience.

One such early-drinker is the old-vine Mercurey from our friends at the Domaine Maréchal. This friendly, family-run domaine has been in business since 1570 (that’s 39 popes ago). Their straightforward, terroir-transparent wines show the best qualities of their region, the Côte Chalonnaise.

The 2010 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes is one of their best in recent memory. Low-yield vines in a low-yield vintage make for wine bursting with life. Cinnamon and clove join classic red cherry fruit in a wine that will show beautifully in a large balloon glass.

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MARECHAL MERCUREY 2010
Ansonia Retail: $24
offer price: $19.95

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