Mercurey Blanc 1er Cru "La Mission" Monopole 2011 - Château de Chamirey

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Discrete on the nose to start with, it progressively unravels itself on complex aromas of ripe fruit and flowers. Has the wonderful structure of great white Burgundy and is very expressive on the palate, with a super long finish that lasts forever. Just an amazing bottle!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château de Chamirey Eye Pale yellow
Vintage 2011 Nose  Discrete nose of ripe fruits and mineral notes
Appellation Mercurey 1er Cru Mouth White fruits and flowers, slight wood touch and great minerality
Area Burgundy Drink from Now
Colour White Drink before 2019
Grapes Chardonnay (100%) Open  30 minutes before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 12-14°C
       
       
Food pairing
An exceptional wine for a special and elegant dinner party: treat your guests with lobster and crab paired with this fantastic 1er Cru
 
A word about the domain
It all really started in the 1930’s when the Marquis de Jouennes d’Herville, grandfather of the actual owners Amaury and Aurore Devillard, decided to bottle the first red Mercurey at the estate. This marked the creation of the Château de Chamirey as a wine estate that has since then produced some of the best Mercurey reds and whites. With 37 hectares in total, including 15 hectares of 1er Crus, Château de Chamirey is one of the largest estates of Mercurey and also one of the best in quality.  The Devillard family has always played a huge part in the reputation of the appellation by always maintaining high standards in their production. The vineyard is run in “culture raisonnée”, which limited at the minimum the use of chemicals, and using traditional winemaking techniques.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Dessauve: 3* (High quality production)

About the wine
Burghound.com: 89  (Tasted: Oct 15, 2013)
"Here there is better integration of the wood and while it's not invisible it doesn't really intrude on the appeal of the more elegant aromas of pear, white peach and acacia blossom scents. There is a succulent mouth feel to the punchy, detailed and lightly mineral-infused middle weight flavors that possess fine depth on the solidly persistent finish. Worth considering for an early drinking white."

Bettane & Dessauve: 16
"La Mission in white does not indulge immediately. Its slightly iodized notes give it a very good length, it should be given a little time to deliver all its richness."

Jancis Robinson: 15.5 (4 Feb 2013 by JH)
"Monopole. Slightly more peppery and dusty on the nose than the Pierrelet. Strong flavour of socks and lapsang dominates the citrus! Disconcerting. "
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Rock and limestone terrace
Age of vines 35 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels
Ageing 12 months
Bottled November 2012
Alcohol 13%