Chanzy, Rully, Les Cailloux, 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.
Slow and gentle pressing, and then fermentation in tuns and 450l barrels under temperature control. Elabrorated in tuns and in 450l barrels for twelve months and then 1 month of flavour maturation in stainless steel vats.
Type: Tuns and 450l Oak Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 0
This Chardonnay is mineral-infused with a higher toned citrus element. A little retained petillance- the energy partly due to that. Modestly touched with tannin and with great intensity of flavour. Long finish. Some ageing potential here!
Fine dishes with tender flesh. River and sea fish, baked comté.
James Suckling 91 Points
Some toasty aromas add interest to the dried pear and apple fruit of this substantial and well-structured Rully. A bold wine with quite some weight on the mid-palate, the acidity on the soft side, but the tannins hold the finish nicely. Sustainable. Drink now. 91 Points, JS, April 2022.
6 x 75cl
Award: Jancis Robinson 95 Points