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BRUNO LORENZON Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru "Piece 13" 2019

Wine Region: Burgundy - France

Grape: Pinot Noir

Tasting notes: "The 2019 Mercurey 1er Cru Piece 13 is even better than the brilliant 2018. Unwinding in the glass with a deep bouquet of wild berries and plums, complemented by notions of blood orange, exotic spices and violets, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with exquisitely refined tannins, lively acids and a long, perfumed finish. As ever, this cuvée combines Lorenzon's finest old-vine holdings with more recent plantings at an ultra-high density of 20,000 vines per hectare." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

About the winery:
At the helm of the family estate since 1997 is third generation vigneron Bruno Lorenzon who is assisted by his sister Caroline. Bruno is considered to be a leading vigneron from Mercurey and is crafting wines at a level rivalling those of great producers of the north of the Cote d'Or. The Domaine, located in the village of Mercurey in Cote Chalonnaise, is spread over 4.5 ha of vineyards planted in approximately 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. 90% of the vines are located in 1er Cru appellations of Mercurey and Montagny. Bruno meticulously farms his vineyards in accordance to the viticulture practice of "lutte raisonnee" (reasoned struggle). Considered close to organic farming, this practice advocates for the non-reliance of chemicals in grape growing. As a result, all vines are treated without any synthetic chemicals. Additionally, yields are always kept low, and harvesting is done by hand in small crates. From his experience in the cooperage business, Bruno is apt at selecting the type of barrels that would be appropriate for each Cuvee and their respective vintage. Of course, he remains a firm believer that oak should never stand out in his wines. The resulting wines from the Domaine are pure, elegant, possessing beautiful finesse and the subtleties characteristic of their specific terroir.

Expert Rating:
The Wine Advocate: 95+/100

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