Chateau De Chamirey Mercurey 1er Cru en Sazenay 2019

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About This Wine

Château de Chamirey overlooks the village of Chamirey and was built in the 18th century. An elegant château influenced by the Italian architecture, looking down on a French garden. Built on a rocky headland, Château de Chamirey has a unqiue position on Mercurey vineyards. Nowadays, the Domaine is owned and run by Amaury et Aurore Devillard who represent the 5th generation of winemaking in Burgundy within this family. In 1934, their grand-father, Marquis de Jouennes decided to bottle the wines of Château de Chamirey at the Domaine. His son-in-law, Bertrand Devillard carried on his work and has extended the holdings of Domaine in the best terroirs of Mercurey, to reach its present size of 95 acres.

The 2019 Mercurey 1er Cru En Sazenay is another fine success, exhibiting aromas of raspberries, plums, spices and violets. Medium to full-bodied, lively and precise, with tangy acids and a saline finish, it's a fine-boned, elegant wine from this steeply sloping site. Date: July 2021; Drink: 2021-2038 Rating: 92 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

A notably ripe yet still reasonably fresh nose combines notes of plum, black currant, earth and spice. Once again there is a lovely texture to the energetic medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the mildly tangy and even firmer finale. The balance of this markedly compact effort isn't quite as well dialed in though it too should be able to reward a decade's worth of cellaring. Outstanding; Drink: 2029+; Rating: 90-92 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Brand Chateau De Chamirey
Vintage 2019

Wines from Burgundy

A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.

Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.

The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.

In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production

When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.

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