We are delighted to introduce the wines of Château de Garnerot in Mercurey.
Richard and Charlie were at The Grand Jours de Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise tasting on the hunt for new Burgundian agencies, a tough ask with the 2021 vintage around the corner.
After a long day of tasting, and no possibility of allocations due to the short vintages, we stumbled across a table showing 2019s, a vintage behind their compatriots as they are a new Domaine with their first vintage in 2018. We loved the precision, elegance and the purity of the wines, with the reds showing fine silky tannins.
Alexia & Caroline’s wines have just landed and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Alexia Russo pursued an international career in the luxury industry, whilst Caroline was in insurance, they decided to reconnect with nature and fulfil a childhood dream, to create a wine estate with organic viticulture.
After obtaining their Professional Agricultural Certificate at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune and completing internships which included a stage with Sylvain Pataille, their first vintage was born in 2018.
In the same year, Château de Garnerot was purchased, an 18th Century property, in the village of Mercurey, the Château has hosted for several years the Saint Vincent Guild, “Grands Jours de Bourgogne”, the “Saint Vincent Tournante” event, as well as many other wine fairs.
In the winery, Caroline and Alexia do their best to work in a natural way. The grapes are handpicked and transported back to the winery in small crates.
The whites receive a 24 hours cold maceration, before placing them in oak barrels where the alcoholic fermentation then takes place. The Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise blanc comes from a plot located on the slope in Mellecey. The vines average 50 years old. It is aged in 500L for 10 months with no new oak. The Bouzeron vines have an average age of 40 years old, it is aged in 500L oak barrels for 12 months with 20% new oak.
For the reds, the grapes are rigorously sorted. Depending on the batch, the grapes are partially or totally destemmed. A cold maceration process allows for a gentle extraction of tannins, pigments and primary aromas. The alcohol fermentation is carried out by the indigenous yeasts, unique to each plot and terroir. Depending on the need of each cuvée, pump-overs and punch-downs.
The Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise rouge, has an average vine age of 40 years old. It is matured in oak barrels for 10 months with no new oak. The Mercurey Rouge En Garnerot has an average vine age of 45 years. It is aged oak barrels for 15 months, with 30% new oak. The Chorey-les-Beaune Plante des Plantes is aged in oak barrels, with 30% new oak for 15 months.