Chanzy, Bouzeron, Les Trois, Côte Chalonnaise, France, 2020
Maison Chanzy is a highly respected Burgundian producer, their wines are a classical demonstration of premium vineyard sites in Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
Their range has been carefully engineered by winemaker Max Blondelle, whose primary task is to create wines that eloquently communicate their respective terroir, whilst remaining hands-off in his approach. As such, Chanzy are one of the few Burgundy producers to achieve Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3; the most highly regarded certification for agriculture in France.
Bouzeron Les Trois is a blend from three vineyards: "Les Clous", "La Tournelle" and "Les Cordères". The Bouzeron appellation was recognized in 1997 in its own right among the Villages de Bourgogne appellations, thus honoring the grape variety that made its reputation: Aligoté.
After slow and gentle vinification and pressing, this wine is fermented at controlled temperature between 18° C and 20° C to respect the delicate aromas of Aligoté. After maturing in stainless steel vat and tuns, this wine is bottled during summer to preserve the freshness and liveliness that are typical of the grape variety.
Type: 25hl oak tuns
% wine oaked: 60
% new oak: 0
Bouzeron is the golden gate of this beautiful "Côte”. It receives a racy minerality from the white Oxfordian marls under the vineyards, which happily combines with nuances of fruit and flowers. This wine is supple and consistent with texture and chiseled, alert liveliness. It drinks beautifully in its youth but also develops wonderful complexity as it ages. A real gourmet wine!
As an aperitif with tasty gougères or with starters such as oysters, parsley ham, Burgundy snails and even white meats.
Jancis Robinson 95 Points
Produced from three parcels of Aligoté in Bouzeron (south-east-facing Les Clous, north-facing Les Cordères with more clay, and Les Corcelles). Partially barrel-fermented, including one or two new barrels, but mostly fermented and aged in tank. Pale gold and a touch spicy/mineral. Both dry and rich in the mouth. Really stony and with surprising weight at modest alcohol. Crisp acidity (pH 3.1), moderate length and lightly spicy and herbal aftertaste. This, like their other Aligotés in this line up, is not really about the fruit flavours but about texture, even if it does have a citrus freshness. 95 Points, JH, September 2022.
6 x 75cl