Clos Des Ruelles 2018 | Château de Chamirey
The vineyard of Les Ruelles monopole is composed by 2 plots with different exposures. Vines planted between 1954 and 1980 with exposure South/South-east in 2,5377 hectares. With soil clayey and limestone soil with a limestone predominance. High concentration of oxidized iron components.
The grapes are carefully harvested and sorted out by hand. Before beginning the alcoholic fermentation we make a cold pre-fermentation during 4 to 6 days to work on the phelonic component's exctraction. Grapes are previously partially destemmed. Then full maceration lasts for 15 days during which we'll use only pigeages (punching the cap). Alcoholic fermentation is realized with natural yeasts. After maceration, free and press wines are separated for aging. Aging process is taking place 100% in traditional Burgundian 228 liters barrels during 15 months with around 25% of new barrels. They only use French oak coming mainly from Bourgogne, Allier and Vosges forests.
The 2018 Mercurey 1er Cru Les Ruelles opens in the glass with notes of cassis, plums, smoked meats and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with fine depth and concentration, bright acids and a flavorful finish, it's a definite success.