Chanzy, Mercurey, Le Bois Cassien Rouge, Côte Chalonnaise, France, 2021
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.
Le Bois Cassien is one of Chanzy’s Monopole vineyards. It is a southeast facing, at 390m altitude, making it the highest vineyard in Mercurey. The vines are an average of 50 years old and the soils are chalk/clay. In their vineyards Chanzy use sustainable farming practices and adapt to climatology and to the specifity of each vintage. Chanzy are Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3 certified – which is the most highly regarded certification for agriculture in France and more holistic than organic farming. It ensures biodiversity in the vineyard and reusable energy throughout the business.
10-day pre-fermentation and cold maceration. Inclusion of 40% whole bunch in the ferment. Pumping over, delestage and temperature-controlled fermentation before maturation for 13 months in 450-L and 228-L barrels and then finely matured 3 months in stainless steel vat before the bottling.
Type: 450L and 228L Barrels
At 390m, ‘Les Bois Cassien’ is the highest altitude vineyard in Mercurey and as a result produces bright and fresh Pinots & Chardonnays. This wine is a much fresher take on the 2020 vintage. The inclusion of 40% whole bunch has resulted in a crunchy, aromatic pinot. Layers of redcurrant and cranberry intertwined with some darker mulberry fruit and well integrated oak.
Soft French cheese and roasted poussin.
Pinot Noir 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: Jancis Robinson 95 Points
Award: James Suckling 91 Points