Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru "Les Ruelles" Monopole 2011 - Château de Chamirey

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£ 29.00 tax incl.

Here comes the big red of Château de Chamirey! There is finesse and precision in this 1er Cru that has silky tannins and a firm long finish. It has all the characteristics of a great red and at that price; it’s worth having a few bottles for special occasions!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château de Chamirey Eye Intense garnet red
Vintage 2011 Nose  Ripe red fruits and spicy nose (pepper, cinnamon)
Appellation Mercurey 1er Cru Mouth On the palate, the wine is well balanced, long and fruity with spicy notes
Area Burgundy   on the final. The tannins are ripe and silky.
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Pinot Noir (100%) Drink before 2020
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 13-14°C
       
Food pairing
The ideal wine to go with game birds (grouse, partridge, quail and pheasants) or goat cheese
 
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 & Desseauve: 3* (High quality production)

About the wine
Burghound.com: 90 - Outstanding (Tasted: Oct 15, 2013)
"Here the wood is all but invisible with a cool and admirably pure nose of plum and dark berry fruit liqueur aromas that are trimmed in pungent earth that continues onto the detailed, vibrant and lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors. This well-balanced effort displays a touch of finishing austerity and this is really very pretty. I would give this 5 years of cellar time and it should be good to go. Worth a look."

Jancis Robinson: 16.5 (4 Feb 2013 by JH)
"Darker and more savoury than the straight Mercurey. Both on the nose and palate. Slightly more serious but not necessarily more pleasure. Firm grip on the finish, unusual for this vintage."

Bettane & Desseauve: 14
"Les Ruelles are finesse and precision, unlike their other wines, the fruit is less ripe, revealing the slight bitterness of the finale characteristic of 2011 vintage."
 
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Clay and limestone
Age of the vines 35 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels
Ageing 15 months
Bottled January 2013
Alcohol 13.5%