Just the once won't hurt in Burgundy , this cuvée is not named after a 'climat'. It pays tribute to Philippe and Catherine Pascal's daughter, Marguerite, who has been greatly involved in the domain's takeover. This 1,5-acre-parcel is situated on the La Creuse climat between the famous Les Champs-Martins first growth in Mercurey and the first vineyards with the Rully appellation. The landscape there is rather rugged forming a small basin at the bottom of the parcel. The thirty-year-old vines benefit from a north-east exposure on a 10% gradient slope. Chardonnay is at ease on this type of soil composed of rather deep white marl.
All these features give the terroir a slow to mature profile that encourages one to patience. These vines are harvested one week later than the others.
The grapes are first sorted out on the vines then, if necessary, there may be a second sorting in the winery on a special sorting table. After a gentle pressing, the must is left to settle naturally for about 12 hours. This light racking of the lees enables the wine to keep a good substrate, thus being protected from oxidation and as a consequence preserve all its flavour richness.
It is then poured by gravity into barrels where it will ferment. Les Margotons are vinified in one to three year-old casks (no new oak) from 12 to 15 months. During this period, the wine is left undisturbed except for a few stirrings of the lees: this aims at keeping the mineral and fresh character to this terroir wine. Before bottling, the wine spends about two months in vats in order to homogenize its components. The winery benefits from a four- level structure enabling to handle the harvest by gravity from the arrival of the grapes to the bottling operation, without any pumping.
The sun was 2015 guest star and kept on shining. The vines stored a lot of energy during the whole growth cycle. July was exceptionally warm and dry with temperatures reaching over 30° for 18 days, it was followed by life-giving rains in August. After an early awakening of the nature cycle, flowers could be seen on the vines as early as the end of May. The maturing of the grapes was very fast and we started harvesting on September 2nd. Picking lasted for 6 days with very nice weather conditions... The grapes were splendid in the vats and in the press. Les Margotons 2015 grapes were picked on September 7th. Bottling was carried out on November 28th 2016.
With its beautiful clear gold light green robe, this Mercurey is very expressive with subtle aromatic notes on the first nose. Among the fine floral aromas it displays we can especially find honeysuckle notes. When swirling the glass, fresh yellow fruit fragrances add complexity to this wine. On the palate, a well-balanced texture, from beginning to finish.