30-40 year old vines growing on a south facing slope which Manu says has very good limestone underneath. Dark red fruits, almost liquor like, with delicate floral notes as well. Less open than the Clos des Touches, finer and tighter, grippy little tannins and a cherry stone finish of considerable length.
About the Domaine
“Manu Bautista is making some of the most expressive, complex, age worthy reds in the Côte Chalonnaise right now.”
Tim Atkin, Decanter, January 2020
Manu Bautista is an engaging man to taste with. A whirlwind of gestures, snorts, laughter and general enthusiasm, it is clear he enjoys tasting his wines as much as making them. The domaine has recently moved from cramped old cellars in the village to a beautiful modern winery surrounded by vines. It is a mark of Manu’s character that he has built a swimming pool outside his tasting room. Everything is hand harvested, and the grapes are destemmed before a 15 day fermentation. The village and 1er Crus see a year in barrel. His wines are delicious, richly fruited and exuberant with fine structure and plenty of energy, they drink at 3-5 years but continue to improve in the cellar for longer. The 1er Cru Vellées shows an extra tautness and finesse from the old vines and limestone soil, it is cool and fresh despite 2018s warmth.
In the words of the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley “supple, fragrant reds bursting with vibrant fruit that entirely conceals their velvety tannins… in short, Bautista is one of a small handful of producers that demonstrate just what is possible when Mercurey’s terroirs are lavished with the same attention devoted to their more famous Côte d’Or counterparts.”