Chanzy, Rully, Clos De Bellecroix, Côte Chalonnaise, France, 2019
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.
Rully vineyards stretch for about four kilometers from Chagny where it has a few climats, to the southern limit of the Rully commune where it adjoins the Mercurey vineyards. This area has a remarkable limestone terroir with enough marl and clay for the Chardonnay grape variety to have found its land of choice. The red wines, which are in the minority, are tender and fruity with a beautiful liveliness that underlines their exquisite minerality.
Cold pre-fermentation maceration for ten days with pumping over and punching down under temperature control throughout the fermentation. Elaborated in 228l barrels and then two months of flavour maturation in stainless steel vats.
15 to 16 Months
Type: 228L French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 0
Blackcurrant, cherry and blackberry give way to floral notes of violet and rose. Delicious!
Combine this wine with poultry, roasted or in a sauce, or with offal such as liver.
James Suckling 93 Points
Still very youthful, this needs some aeration to open up, but then a wealth of red-fruit, flint and wet-earth aromas unfurl. Some real sophistication and concentration for this appellation, the fine tannins giving it a wonderfully silky mouth-feel and excellent length. Hard to pull yourself away from the complex finish. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. 93 Points, JS, April 2022.
Pinot Noir 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: James Suckling 91 Points