A plot within Clos des Montaigus was planted in 2001 with the little-seen Pinot Noir Clone No. 943. This produces bunches where the grapes hang loose around their stems, giving a wine of exceptional fruit, and the silkiest of tannins. Just 3 barrels were made this year, initially fermented in a tiny tank, with Guillot’s wife and their two daughters all helping – sometimes with bodies in the vat, to do foot-punching-down. Chamirey is a tiny hamlet, whose inhabitants were known as stay-at-homes. They never ventured far afield, like wolves in their dens, whence their nick-name: “Les Loups de Chamirey.” In naming this special cuvée Les Trois Louves, Patrick Guillot pays tribute to the 3 she-wolves in his family, without whom this sumptuous wine could not have seen the light of day. This 2019 shows deep purple colour, engaging perfume, and dense rich fruitiness, very soft, splendid and long. This is superb Mercurey, from a little seen, unusual clone of Pinot Noir, which deserves to be more widely planted We have a tiny allocation, which we will share amongst enthusiasts of the family’s wines (for drinking 2023-2030+).