The Sour Grape

Domaine Louis Max Mercurey ‘Vignes Du Domaine’ 2012

This is one for the burgundy fans… a bit more expensive than the high street usual but worth every penny.

This is one for the burgundy fans… a bit more expensive than the high street usual but worth every penny.

If you find the average price tag of wines from Burgundy alarming, then travel a little further south and the wine’s still good but a whole lot cheaper in comparison… with the emphasis on ‘in comparison’. Wines from the ‘Côte Chalonnaise’ aren’t cheap by any definition but they are more so than their posh northern burgundy brethren. The reds from ‘Mercurey’ also tend to be deeper in colour and fuller bodied, making them a safer bet around the dinner table. In the glass this has a pale ruby colour with wide garnet rim, rich stewed red fruit (strawberry/cherry), vanilla and a developing gamey/mushroom aroma. On the palate fresh red cherry and redcurrant fruit dominate with decent concentration, though complex earthy characteristics are starting to peek through. Tannins are fine grained and well integrated, lending just enough ‘grip’ to this tight nit velvety textured wine to make the most of a good steak. The acidity is high but well balanced by the concentration of fruit, leaving the wine mouth-wateringly juicy without becoming tart or sharp in any way, and the finish is long, intermittent with bursts of ripe fruit and gamey characteristics. Let this breath for 30 minutes in a decanter or in the glass to open up all it has to offer. Well worth its full asking price for burgundy fans and certainly worth trying whenever it’s on offer! £15.50 from Sainsbury’s (£18.50 full price).

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