Burgundy and its Crus, a Land of Excellence

Oct 11, 2016 | English News |

Burgundy and its Grands Crus are as fascinating for the quality of the wines as they are for their extreme complexity. This exceptional wealth stems from an outstanding variety of soil types, but also from the remarkable ability of its wine growers to constantly enhance excellence.

Maison Chanzy

Since Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume became managing director in 2013, the winds of change have blown over Maison Chanzy Born to a wine growing family, Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume grew up amidst the vineyards of Santenay and represents the sixth generation of a renowned line of wine growers. Winner of the Young Talent Trophy in 2012 whnch rewards Burgundy’s best wine maker, he has emerged as a creator of inspired wines. 2015 is an excellent vintage for the estate’s white Burgundy.
With long-standing roots in Bouzeron, 20 kilometres south of Beaune, Chanzy also has a foothold in a dozen renowned growths in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits areas. From 38 hectares, including 32 bearing, the estate rolls out the superb range of flavour profiles that makes Burgundy so special.
With a firm rooting in the main growths of the Côte Chalonnaise, it owns 14 hectares in Bouzeron, at its heart including the magnificent Clos de la Fortune for which it holds a monopole.
It also owns 11 hectares in Rully and 6 ha in Mercurey including a few blocks in the heart of its flagship, Clos du Roi. Throughout the course of its history, it has been able to buy some blocks in Vosne Romance, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay, in the first growth Beaurepaire. In the south of the Cote de Beaune, Chassagne Montrachet shares with Puligny the undisputed prince of dry white wines in all creation, the divine Montrachet.
This beautiful, broad hillside takes the two Burgundy grape varietes to levels of excellence Pinot Noir for the reds and Chardonnay for the whites thrive here side by side, supported by a complex array of soil types. The power and aromatic persistency of Bâtard-Montrachet require elaborate, noble dishes with a complex texture.
Epitomising top Pinot noir, the powerful, virile, complex and intense Gevrey-Chambertin Grands Crus with their powerful tannins reveal outstanding aromatic complexity and opulence. The sappy fleshiness and nobility of Clos de Vougeot makes rich and smooth, lush and complex dishes revolving around tender, musk and parsley flavoured
meats a must so that its tannins envelop but do not overshadow them, much to the delight of wine lovers.