A small family domaine, Philippe Menand strives to produce only the finest fruit in the vineyards, with a sorting tray in the winery to be doubly sure that only the finest grapes are used. He keeps his yields low and produces some of the finest Pinot Noirs of the Appellation. Eric Asimov of the New York Times labeled him on of the top producers in Cote Chalonnaise
Mercurey Premier Cru “Vielle Vignes des Combins Cuvée Prestige” - From vines of 60-80 years of age. Medium-dark ruby in the glass, with a dark nose of blackberry and black cherry. The sweet-fruited front palate is followed by a clamp of firm tannins on the finish. Very ripe and fruit forward, in a relatively modern style, accented by a well-integrated touch of oak. Still very primary, though there’s also an attractive mineral/loam combo happening on the mid-palate.