The Château du Val de Mercy is located on the Place de l'église, in the heart of the village of the Val de Mercy, in the residence which was historically that of Baron de Coulanges. Taken over in 1992, the vineyard expanded rapidly with the acquisition of a vineyard estate on the Place de l'Eglise in Chitry-le-fort, comprising 30 hectares of vineyards. In 2007, Château du Val de Mercy became the owner of new plots of vines in the Côte de Beaune, more precisely in the villages of Pommard, Volnay and Auxey-Duresses, with cellars and vats, which have found refuge in an old Burgundian house in Pommard.
The management of the vineyard and the vinification of the Domaine have been entrusted to the expert hands of Kevin Roy, a talented oenologist. The Domaine respects its wines and gives them time to express themselves. Each year, the best vintages are selected for ageing in oak barrels in the Château's cellars.
Terroir and breeding
The vines are located on hillsides facing South-East, benefiting from a very good amount of sunshine. The density of the vines is 6000 plants/ha. The soil is Kimmeridgian, alternating hard limestone and softer clayey marls. The average age of the vines is 28 years.
The alcoholic and malolactic fermentation follows its course in temperature-controlled vats. Then, during 10 months, this Premier Cru is aged on its fine lees.
Pale gold colour; the nose is of great finesse, combining delicate mineral notes with white flower aromas; on the palate, the attack is nervous then evolves on a successful balance between minerality and suppleness. The Côte de Jouan parcels express a very beautiful minerality, all in elegance and finesse, for more incisive and floral wines. Rather discreet in its early youth, a more complex minerality will reveal itself in 5 to 9 years.
To serve Côte de Jouan, we suggest a salmon with chanterelles, Bresse chicken with morels or a seafood platter. It will go well with goat's cheese and pressed soft cheeses (Cîteaux, Saint-Nectaire, Tomme...).