The Romans erected here a temple dedicated to the God Mercury, protector of travellers, commerce and poets. Mercurey wine was a favourite of Marguerite of Flandres and the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe the Bold. The vineyard of Mercurey is one of the largest in Burgundy, covering 650 hectares of which 10% produce white wines. It is located between 230 and 320 metres in altitude. The soil is mostly clayey-marly limestone. The hillsides offer good protection against the wet winds and late freezes are rare here.
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