100% Pinot Noir from the Burgundy Cote Chalonnaise region.
Domaine Annie Derain is a very small domaine with parcels located in the villages of Mercurey and Givry, in the Côte Chalonnaise. This domaine has 0.75 hectares of Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise and 0.72 hectares of Givry and Givry Premier Cru. The west-facing vineyards, aged over 50 years, grow on the limestone terrain in the village of Mercurey. The shallow soil at the bottom of the parcel is made up of fairly warm, gravelly earth, which is easy to work. Planted with Pinot Noir outside the Mercurey appellation area, it produces a fine, elegant Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise. Annual production is around 5,000 bottles, presented in “antique-style” Burgundy bottles.
The grapes are harvested by hand and transported in crates to the winery. The grapes are fully de-stemmed and then go into a vat for 8-10 days, where the temperature is lowered to assist the cold pre-fermentation maceration. After a few days of settling, it is transferred into barrels.
The wines are aged for 10-12 months in a cool cellar, during which time the barrels are regularly topped up, but not racked. At the end of this period, they are blended and go into in vat for 1-2 months before bottling. The wine is submitted for two successive tastings in order to be classified “Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise”.