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The Dureuil-Janthials are one of the oldest families in the village of Rully, and they can be traced back to 13th century. Vincent Dureuil has today firmly established himself as one of the top growers in this village, being equally at home with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His first vintage was in 1994 and in just a few years, he has gained a great reputation for top quality wines. His whites are mineral and expressive, and his reds are juicy and fruit-laden.
Domaine Dureuil-Janthial comprises 17 hectares, mainly in the Côte Chalonnaise, but also with holdings in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. They produce wine in 20 appellations and have been certified organic since the late 2000’s.
Vincent’s cellars are very deep and cold and all fermentations, malolactic processes and stabilizations take much longer than is ordinarily the case. This, together with low yielding, old vines contributes to the great richness and complexity which all of his wines demonstrate.
The Mercurey Rouge is from a 0.9 hectare vineyard planted with 40 year old vines. After careful sorting the grapes are cold-macerated for 8 days followed by fermentation using natural yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak, a third of which is new.
The wine shows good colour with a nose full of dark fruit aromas, hints of spice and “forest floor.” The palate is full and rounded with excellent fruit – cherry, red berries – and spicy flavours. The finish is long.