Domaine du Meix Foulot

Agnes de Launay

Country of Origin: France
Location: Mercurey, Côte Chalonnaise
People: Agnes de Launay, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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The Domaine du Meix Foulot is one of the most important estates in Mercurey, in terms of both size and excellence, with an imposing collection of vineyards (20 hectares) that capture the full range of this underappreciated appellation. It is a picturesque Burgundian domaine that is situated high on a hill overlooking the entirety of Mercurey and surrounded by the gently sloping vineyards of the estate. The Domaine du Meix Foulot has been in the hands of the de Launay family for multiple generations. Paul de Launay took the reins during the 1960s. Paul's daughter Agnes joined the domaine in the 1990s and is now solely responsible for this exceptionally beautiful and historic domaine.

The vineyards are all sited within the confines of Mercurey and managed in as natural a manner as possible. Ninety percent of the vines are planted to Pinot Noir; the remainder is planted to Chardonnay. Vines are pruned short. No herbicides are used. Fertilizer, natural compost, is rarely applied. Crop size is further reduced in July. The white wine undergoes a rapid pressing, with fermentation occurring partially in barrel and partially in tank. About 20% new oak is used in the elevage of the white. The Mercurey Blanc is not racked until July and then is usually bottled in September, twelve months after harvest. The reds are entirely destemmed and allowed to ferment spontaneously with native yeast. Pigeage is done twice daily for about two weeks or more, but the intensity and duration are determined by the structure and character of the vintage. The elevage is divided between small barrels and tanks for an eight month period; then, the wines are assembled and racked into barrel for another 12 to 16 months before bottling. Most of the red wines destined for the United States are not filtered.

Wine Advocate 7/31/2019
"Agnès de Launay presides over this important 20-hectare estate in Mercurey, which boasts an enviable palate of premiers crus that includes a monopole, the 1.9-hectare Clos du Château de Montaigu, a wine that is typically simultaneously the most complex, elegant and complete of all the domaine's reds. For the time being, farming is conventional. The 2017 vintage is a great success at this address, the inherent suppleness and charm of the vintage seemingly synergizing with the domaine's style, tempering tannins but not at the expense of fruit and flesh. All these wines come warmly recommended."