Chanzy, Mercurey, Les Caraby, 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.
Extending to the south from Rully, the Mercurey vineyard is located on marl Limestone soils from geological formations of the Upper and Middle Jurassic, with a dominant of the latter, which appeals to the Pinot Noir grape variety.
Cold pre-fermentation maceration for ten days with pumping over and punching down under temperature control throughout the fermentation. Elaborated in 228L barrels for 14 months and then one month of flavour maturation in stainless steel vat.
Type: 228l Oak Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 0
A hint of reduction with this dark fruity wine - almost suggesting some chocolate too. Well structured, the tannin is fine, open with clarity of flavour. Supported by some very subtle oak complexity, classy!
Roast pork, poultry, soft as well as mature cheeses.
James Suckling 90 Points
Tons of bright red-berry and cherry aroma here, but also subtle earthy notes and a hint of flint. A fresh, lively and well-balanced Mercury with good depth, this is a good introduction to this underrated commune. The healthy tannins are quite prominent at the finish, but they really add life to the wine. Sustainable. Drink or hold. 90 Points, JS, April 2022.
Pinot Noir 100%
6 x 75cl