Chanzy, Mercurey, Clos Les Bussières-Monopole, Côte Chalonnaise, France, 2019
Chanzy is a 80 hectare Estate, divided between Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits with their base in Bouzeron.
In 2017 Philippe Der Megreditchian purchased this historic Estate and set about a radical overhaul. Appointing Max Blondelle as winemaker, (ex. Winemaker of Domine Chanson) together they reshaped the range into a tighter offering, adding vineyards in Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune due to their purchase of Domaine Pagnotta. Consequently, this means that all of Chanzy’s wines are made with at least 90% Estate-grown fruit, practically unheard of for a Burgundian producer of this size. Chanzy owns 5 Clos including 2 Monopoles, 11 Grands Crus and 16 Premiers Crus. They are one of the few Burgundy producers to achieve Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3; the most highly regarded certification for agriculture in France. Their farming regime demands a holistic outlook that goes beyond organics: ensuring biodiversity, reusable energy and reduced water usage. The vineyards are in conversion to organics and will be certified from 2024 vintage onwards.
The Mercurey district extends south from Rully. The Mercurey vineyards are located on marl Limestone soils from the Upper and Middle Jurassic geological formations, with a predominance of the latter.
After slow and gentle pressing, this wine is fermented and matured in 228l barrels for 14 months followed by one of ageing in stainless steel vat.
Type: 228l Oak Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 0
A fine nose of energetic and ripe citrus with almost a ginger-spice component. Round, easy in the mouth but again there is that ginger spice. Not your typical white Mercury but beautiful none the less.
Grilled fish or in sauce, cooked seafood, Asian cuisine and hard cheeses.
James Suckling 92 Points
What a lovely forest-berry and black-raspberry nose this Mercury has, and it’s not even a 1er Cru! Wonderful balance of ripe fruit, fine-grained tannin and enough acidity to keep it bright. If the finish doesn’t quite live up to all this, it is still rather long and moderately dry. Sustainable. Drink or hold. 92 Points, JS, April 2022.
6 x 75cl