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Chateau Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2016 £29.95
CHATEAU CHAMIREY MERCUREY ROUGE
EYE - Beautiful dark ruby colour, bright and clear.
NOSE - The nose, intense and opened, first reveals on fresh fruits (cherry, strawberry) and then spices and vanilla hints.
PALATE - On the palate, fresh and fruity wine, well balanced with a delicate structure. Ripe and smooth tanins. Enjoyable!
88 wine points RobertParker.com
The 2016 Mercurey from the Château de Chamirey is a very attractive introductory cuvée that's assembled from ten different plots dotted all over the appellation. The wine offers up an attractive bouquet of cherries, cassis and sweet forest floor, followed by a supple, velvety and medium-bodied palate with a nicely layered core of fruit and melting tannins.
At nearly 39 hectares, the Devillard family's Château de Chamirey dominates Mercurey's geography. Happily, the quality of these wines today makes them a more than worthy ambassador for the appellation. Managing so extensive a surface naturally presents challenges, but régisseur Enrico Peyron is to be commended for the progress he has made in adapting a large cellar to operate on a small scale. Two harvest teams, for example, now operate independently: one charged with whites, the other, reds. That already seems to have borne fruit in fresher, better-judged white Mercurey premiers crus in 2016 (wines that were flabby in the 2015 vintage), and I suspect the village bottlings will follow suit. The reds are excellent, as my complimentary reviews indicate, though a somewhat gentler touch with new oak would improve a couple of cuvées. In short, everything points to a bright future for the Château de Chamirey. And that's a great thing for the Côte Chalonnaise.
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