Few wines in the world captivate wine lovers as much as great red Burgundy, the ancient home of Pinot Noir. Vines were first planted in the region sometime around AD 200, meaning vineyards have been continually tended in Burgundy for almost two millennia. Even today the region retains many of its medieval walled vineyards called "clos" and the local winemakers consider themselves farmers first.
The wines are beloved by sommeliers and the wine drinking public for their complexity and sensuous style. At their best, red Burgundies can credibly claim to be the very greatest wines in all the world.
The problem is that they are made in very, very small quantities. A single estate in Bordeaux might produce as many as 30,000 cases of wine. A medium-sized Burgundy estate, growing delicious but shy-bearing Pinot, might turn out 3,000 bottles. When you add increased global interest, and the fact that seemingly every other vintage is affected by hail or frost (or both), demand simply far exceeds supply.
This bottle from the village of Mercurey is from a "premier cru" ("first growth") vineyard that is classified as producing superior wines. The only thing higher would be a "grand cru" or "great growth" vineyard, that is so high in quality that only the name of the vineyard and not the village is used. This is a lovely bottle that any Pinot lover would enjoy. There is a little bit of new oak here that nicely frames the wine, and I would recommend about an hour of decanting before drinking.
Get it before it's gone. 100% Pinot Noir. Serve cool with decant.