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Maison Chanzy Clos du Roy Blanc Mercurey Premier Cru 2018

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 Wine Enthusiast: 93
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Winery:Chanzy
Grape Type:Chardonnay
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2018
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Maison Chanzy Clos du Roy Blanc Mercurey Premier Cru is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Maison Chanzy was founded by Daniel Chanzy in 1974 in Bouzeron, located in the northern part of the Côte Chalonnaise region of Burgundy. In 2013, a group of Burgundy wine lovers purchased Chanzy with a group of investors and have since added a second holding in Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune for a total of 163 acres planted.

With full control of production from vineyard to bottling, Chanzy’s impressive range spans 40 appellations in 8 villages of Côte Chalonnaise and Côte d’Or. The vineyards are farmed sustainably.

Mercurey Clos du Roy 1er Cru Blanc is one of many vineyards in Burgundy carrying the name Clos du Roy thanks to the King designating his best parcels as such. The parcel sits close to the woods and is protected from the wind with excellent exposure, providing consistent ripeness. Mercurey Clos du Roy 1er Cru Blanc is aged in 100% used 228-liter barrels for 9 months prior to bottling.

White Burgundy is typified by aromas and flavors of green apple and lemon and is defined by its structure and expression of minerality. White Burgundy vinified in stainless steel tanks will emphasize its freshness while aging in French oak barrels can lend accents of toast and vanilla.


Review:

A pure and fresh scent of tart cranberry and wild raspberry rises from the glass. The palate of this wine makes the fruit more intense, adds a smokier, more sonorous flavor, while the body remains slender and translucent. Deep juiciness underpins it all and underlines both elegance and unforced balance.

-Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Winery: Chanzy

Maison Chanzy was founded by Daniel Chanzy in 1974 in Bouzeron, located in the northern part of the Côte Chalonnaise region of Burgundy. Chanzy envisioned Côte Chalonnaise wines that would rival the greatness of the Côte d’Or and invested heavily in vineyards there. In 2013, a group of Burgundy wine lovers purchased Chanzy and have since added a second holding in Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune for a total of 163 acres planted. With full control of production from vineyard to bottling, Chanzy’s impressive range spans 40 appellations in 8 villages of Côte Chalonnaise and Côte d’Or.

Chanzy is a leading producer in the Côte Chalonnaise with holdings in Bouzeron, Rully, Givry, and Mercurey. The winery itself is in the village of Bouzeron where it owns 16 hectares, including the monopole Clos de la Fortune which serves as the flagship wine. In the Côte d’Or, Chanzy owns an impressive collection of crus in some of Burgundy’s iconic appellations such as Puligny-Montrachet and Vosne-Romanée. Vineyards are farmed without the use of herbicides and pesticides, instead opting for organic fertilizers and occasional plowing between rows. Chanzy is in the process of obtaining Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) certification.

All vinification takes place in Bouzeron, where whites go immediately to press and reds are sorted on the table de tri, mostly destemmed before undergoing a cold pre-fermentation maceration for six to eight days. The long, cold maceration allows for less aggressive remontage and pigéage later in the vinification process. Fermentation occurs with selected yeast or spontaneous via pied-de-cuve, depending on the wine and vintage. Élevage varies for each wine. Wines from the basic appellations settle and ferment in tank while the crus are transferred to barrel for fermentation. Chanzy uses very little new wood and barrels range in size from the traditional 228-liter pièce mostly for our Premiers Crus and 450, 500-liter barrels to 2,500-liter foudre for our Village appellation wines. The wines receive a light fining and filtration before bottling with low amounts of sulfur oxide. 


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