Mineral-infused white Rully, full of energy and a long finish
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.
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.
Tasting Note: 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 aging potential here!
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16/20 (ave producer score)