Domaine Charton Mercurey 1er Cru La Chassière 2020
93 POINTS: Burghound
100% oak barrels for 10 months, 25-30% new barrels
55-year-old Vines, Limestone, Clay soil
"This is also aromatically very spicy with its liqueur-like combination of a plethora of floral scents, exotic tea and cassis. The palate impression of the intense middle weight flavors flash focused power on the sneaky long finish where a touch of warmth slowly emerges. This is the class of the range in 2020 and a wine that should age gracefully if desired."
Domaine Vincent et Jean-Pierre Charton — Vincent Charton makes a range of exciting wines in and around his home village of Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise. While he’s only in his mid-thirties, he’s taken the family domaine up several gears over the past decade he’s been at the helm. His talents are clear, and his Burgundies show the nuanced aspects of their excellent terroirs and his skillful, low-intervention winemaking which includes hand-picking, wild yeasts and, in the case of his Chardonnay, whole bunch maceration. Although the Charton family has been making wine in Mercurey since 1941, it was his father Jean-Pierre who saw the domaine properly established and from whom Vincent inherited parcels in some of Mercurey’s finest premiers crus. Vincent farms the domaine’s 11.5 hectares sensitively, dedicating himself to soil health and keeping yields low to allow his grapes to achieve greater ripeness. He makes eight wines in total, with four premiers crus across Mercurey, including Clos du Roi which has plots of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.
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