Armand Heitz Mercurey Rouge 2020
" All whole bunch. Vigorous bright mid purple. Really lovely racy deep raspberry fruit with excellent grip, sound and delicious with a long racy finish. Generous fruit and fine tannins. This is very successful". Score: 87-90 Tasted: October 2021 insideburgundy.com
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Sub Region - Mercurey
Extra - Cork
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml
The Heitz family has owned vineyards in Burgundy since 1857, but traditionally sold off their fruit to négociant Joseph Drouhin. Millennial Armand Heitz, upon graduating with a degree in oenology in 2011, was given the keys to the vineyards and began producing wines with the 2012 vintage. The Domaine is presently composed of 4 hectares, spread over 5 appellations in the Côte-de-Beaune. The vineyards have long been farmed organically, and now, with the guidance of Ludovic Pierrot (of Domaine Leflaive) , the viticulture has been brought into full compliance with biodynamic standards.
Yields are naturally restrained to low levels and grapes are manually picked at optimal phenolic ripeness. All wines, red and white, are fermented in wood with intact whole clusters. The wine is then racked into barrels for aging of 11 months, with lees stirring (batonnage) for whites as appropriate to the vintage. A rising star!