Chateau Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2017  £29.95

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The Domaine of Château de Chamirey, planted in the best terroirs of Mercurey, covers 95 acres of which 38 are located amongst the most renowned Premiers Crus of the appellation.  The domain consists of 37 hectares (27 reds, 10 whites, 15 of which are Premier Cru) reflecting the diverse soils and microclimates found within the Mercury appellation. The whites, fresh and lively and well balanced. This reaches its finest expression in the powerful Premier Cru "La Mission". Château de Chamirey red is a true indulgence. It has a silky texture and is very fruity typically showing the flavour of cherries.

10 small plots make this red Mercurey rouge + 3 plots of Premier Cru (En Sazenay ; Champs-Martin ; Clos L’Évêque). Soils are dominated by clay and limestone with in the predominance. 

To preserve their integrity, grapes are carefully harvested and sorted out by hand. Before beginning the alcoholic fermentation we make a cold pre-fermentation during 4 to 6 days to work on the phenolic component’s extraction. Grapes are previously partially destemmed. Then full maceration lasts for 15 days during which only pigeages (punching the cap) is used.  Alcoholic fermentation is realized with natural yeasts.

After maceration, free and press wines are separated for ageing.  The ageing process is taking place in 80% traditional Burgundian 228 litre barrels and 20% in stainless steel vats during 12 months. Around 10% of new French oak barrels are used coming mainly from Bourgogne, Allier and Vosges forests.

Beautiful cherry-ruby colour, with purple tints.  The nose is intense and reveals fresh red fruits notes (blueberry, redcurrant) as well as spicy notes (pepper) while the palate is intense and ample with fruit flavours dominant. Finishes with a good length.

It can be served from now at 13-14°C or kept in cellar for 3 to 5 years  and will perfectly match with red meats, grilled meats and delicatessen.

A ready to drink Pommard substitute for half the price!

88 wine points

The Château de Chamirey's 2017 Mercurey is performing well, bursting with aromas of cherries, spices, candied peel and grilled meats, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny palate that's layered, succulent and expressive and framed by powdery tannins. As usual, the blend contains some one-third premier cru wine. 10,000 cases were produced, making it a very accessible introduction to the domaine and its style.

 William Kelley

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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