Built in the early 18th century, Chateau de Chamirey is the sparkling gem of the Mercurey appellation in Burgundy. The chateau has been in the Devillard family for 3 generations and follows tradition wine-making techniques, including harvest by hand. The estate consists of 91 acres, out of which 38 are designated Premier Crus, and the vines are planted on what are no doubt the best terroirs of the appellation. While not as well-known as certain labels from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits there is plenty to discover in each bottle of the estate’s fresh, balanced and very elegant wines.
An 18th Century Chateau
Drawing influences from Italian architecture, the elegant Chateau de Chamirey was built in the early 18th century. From its privileged location on a rocky headland, the chateau overlooks a French garden and the picturesque village of Chamirey in the distance. After a fire destroyed the adjacent chapel, the chateau’s towers were constructed, and became emblematic of the estate.
At the end of the 18th century the Duparty de Clam family sold the property to the Marquis de Jouennes d’Herville family. In 1934 Marquis de Jouennes, a true pioneer, decided to bottle the wines of the chateau at the estate. His son-in-law, Bertrand Devillard, followed in his footsteps, extending the estate to include the best terroirs of the Mercurey appellation. At this time the estate reached its present size of 91 acres. Today, Amaury and Aurore Devillard represent the 3rd generation of the family Devillard, making this a business with family at heart.
A Blessed Terroir and Careful Elaboration
The vines of the Chateau de Chamirey estate, 35 years old on average, are planted on what are considered the best terroirs of the Mercurey appellation. The 91 acres are divided into 67 acres of reds and 24 acres of whites. In fact, 38 (almost half) of these 91 acres are among the appellation’s most renowned Premier Crus, and are planted with 10,000 vines/2.5 acres following Burgundy tradition. This specific density and the traditional vinification process help ensure excellent quality in the finished product.
The fully committed team at Chateau de Chamirey take the risk each season, waiting for optimal maturity to harvest. This is the time when the fruit has the most potential, when the pips are crunchy and no longer bitter in flavour. The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted with painstaking attention to detail in order to eliminate imperfection. Vatting of the fruit takes place in three steps – maceration before fermentation, maceration, and maceration after fermentation. The wines are aged mostly in oak barrels (a quarter of which are changed each year) for 18 months on average.
A Fine Selection of Wines
The wines of Chateau de Chamirey combine freshness, balance elegance and class. Among the estate’s top wines are the dry white Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 1st vintage “La Mission” Monopole, the red Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 1er cru “Clos du Roi,” and Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 1er cru “Les Ruelles.” While Chateau Mercurey may not be as well-known as the other famous wines of the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits, located much further north, there is no doubt that the work of the Devillard family has led to proof of the talent to be discovered in this appellation – talent in both terroir and winemaking.
3 wines from the estate
Chateau de Chamirey: Mercurey 1er cru “La Mission” Monopole 2016
Mercurey 1er Cru Monopole combines finesse and class. This “Monopole” of Château de Chamirey belongs to the Domaines Devillard, which have produced an exclusive Mercurey 1st Growth. The Chateau de Chamirey La Mission comes from a plot with vines planted in 1961 (the oldest) and 1997 (the younger ones). With a total area of 1,9240 hectares, this “Monopole” benefits from an eastern exposure on a rocky limestone terrace, which is located right above the “Clos du Roi” Premier Cru. The latter is another plot used to develop a Mercurey 1st red wine.
The Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 1st Growth « La Mission » 2016 of Domaines Devillard displays a beautiful yellow colour with hints of bright gold. The nose is floral with great finesse and elegance, later evolving into something resolutely fruity but not excessive. This wine, and, in particular, this vintage, is often restrained in its prime. It nevertheless guarantees a depth and aromatic finesse during its evolution in bottle. The wine is precise and tense, confirmed from the entry into mouth with a very mineral character bringing depth, relief and tension. The back of the palate reveals fruity notes with an exceptionally long finish. Definitely a bottle of great ageing potential and fantastic complexity.
Chateau de Chamirey: Mercurey Village 2014
The 2014 Mercurey Village of Chateau de Chamirey was produced from a vineyard of Chardonnay vines planted upon calcareous-clay soil and, predominantly, limestone. These white wines are known for their freshness and primary aromas of white flowers. They are partially aged in oak barrels for additional complexity.
The golden green colour is bright. On the nose, notes of bergamot and lime blend with more mineral fragrances and floral accents. The palate is quite precise with a tangy, fresh feel. Very refreshing, this Mercurey Village is an excellent introduction to the complexity of other Burgundy white wines of the property from the Cote Chalonnaise.
Chateau de Chamirey: Mercurey 1er cru “Clos du Roi” 2016
Clos du Roi 2016 of Chateau de Chamirey: this very structured Mercurey 1er Cru The Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roi is a Pinot Noir wine produced in the appellation of Mercurey 1er Cru. The 3-hectare vineyard is divided into 4 neighbouring plots, which are planted on clay-limestone soils, predominantly clayey. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 15 months on average.
Boasting a dark ruby colour, the Clos du Roi 2016 of Chateau de Chamirey reveals black fruits aromas (blackberry, blackcurrant). Very structured in the mouth, the Clos du Roi 2016 of Chateau de Chamirey also reveals an exceptionally long finish.