On the Grands Vins de Bourgogne tourist route, Mercurey, right by our hotel, is a stage which should not be missed. At the heart of Côte Chalonnaise, this charming village grew up around the Via Agrippa, the old Roman road which connected Chalon-sur-Saône and Autun. It is named after the Roman god of trade, Mercury, because a temple to him once stood nearby. It is mainly known for its red and white wines, which were awarded the AOC label in 1936. Visitors to Mercurey should also treat themselves to a stroll around the village to discover its impressive heritage.
Down the roads and through the hamlets of the village, you will come across Saint-Symphorien de Touches church, built in the 13th century. Its massive Romanesque bell tower features two roofs at right angles, not a common design in the region. You might also admire the older (12th century), Notre-Dame church with its vaults and Burgundy style Romanesque bell tower. This bell tower houses two 16th and 17th century bells, which are listed. Continue your exploration of Mercurey monuments with a visit to the ruins of Montaigu château, the last visible vestiges of which are ramparts, a cellar and a section of the keep. Also take a moment to see Marjonzin fountain and the 17th century fortified boundary which marks the limit between the villages of Rully and Mercurey.
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