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Domaine Maurice Protheau, Château d’Etroyes, Mercurey, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Domaine Maurice Protheau et Fils, to give its full name, also operates under the name Château d’Etroyes. It is an old family wine estate, founded in 1720, in the Mercurey area in Côte Chalonnaise in southern Burgundy.
Domaine Protheau has some 70 hectares in total, 50 of them in the Côte Chalonnaise. Their main holdings are in the appellations of Mercurey and Rully. They follow what is called culture raisonnée (sometimes translated to sustainable agriculture) with minimal chemical spraying. They are progressively returning to mechanical ploughing of the soils to aerate it and to encourage root growth.
The red wines are made from pinot noir grapes and the whites from chardonnay. In the early 2000s the Domaine Protheau changed the vinification methods from a traditional tannic style to a more modern fruit oriented style. The wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks in the wine cellar. Some of the cuvees are then aged in wood in the barrel cellar.
The Domaine Protheau / Chateau d’Etroyes makes a wide range of wines: regional red and white Bourgogne, Bourgogne Aligoté and even a sparkling crémant, as well as a series of “village” Burgundies from Rully and Mercurey. They also have red and white premier crus.
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Bourgogne Mercurey Domaine Protheau - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson
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