93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

The 2015 Les Trois release from Maison Chanzy is a wonderful example of Aligote, the other white grape of Burgundy, lighter and more friendly on the palate than Chardonnay, perfect for an everyday glass pour.  Tree fruit, lemon lime acidity, white peach and nectarine all blend on the vibrant and expressive palate.  Don’t expect the power and depth of Chardonnay here, this is more of a fun and friendly wine, on the lighter side of french whites.  Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Sept 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Rully, Cote Chalonaise, Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Fancy a taste of one of Burgundy’s best kept secrets? Maison Chanzy - formerly known as Domaine Chanzy - brings us a luxury offering that exemplifies the true appeal of the Bouzeron. The appellation is a hidden gem devoted exclusively to the primitive Aligoté grape. In fact, Bouzeron is the only village allowed to produce an AOC wine from Aligoté. So, not only have we found our appellation for this sultry and somewhat mystic vintage, but our chosen winery as well. One that captures the true identity of this vibrant white wine.

Maison Chanzy created a praiseworthy and tantalizing vintage: “The palate shows seductive freshness, balance and persistency. The finish stays focused and driven by very compelling fresh grass and mint tones.” - Gilbert & Gaillard, the French experts on wine.

Beautiful? Yes. 100% Aligoté? Yes. Our chosen wine for something young, stylish and a little discrete? Absolutely!


Reasons why we love it: 

Maison Chanzy’s head winemaker and estate director, Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume, comes from a long respected line of Burgundy winemakers: the Jessiaume family. And while his industry lineage dates back to 1850, this focused breath of fresh air is not even 30 years old. At the age of 23 he received the honor of “Trophée 2012 des Jeunes Talents de Bourgogne,” the best young winemaker of Burgundy. And today, he continues to wow the critics and receive awards from the likes of Decanter, Concours de Vins Macon and the Guide Hachette des Vins.

This wine’s versatility astonished our Tasting Panel. It could definitely be used with crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur to create the Bourgogne traditional specialty Kir. Or if you let its lively characteristics speak for themselves, you will find it the perfect match to take on those salty oysters we love so much.

This vintage is a youthful offering. While us oenophiles all love a good premier cru red with some staying power, we also get quite excited about a wine that is at its best in its first two years. Buy now, drink now, it’s fit for enjoyment - that’s right, now!

TASTING NOTES 

Bone dry, with crisp acidity. Green apple and citrus on the nose, with a creamy texture and full body.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Domaine Chanzy produces a total of 250,000 bottles a year of red and white Burgundy wines from its 32 hectares of vineyards in Côte de Beaune, Nuit and Chalonnaise. Maison Chanzy, a wholly-owned subsidiary, produces red and white Grand and Premier Cru wines as a négociant. The General Director of Domaine Chanzy is Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume, Côte de Beaune Young Winemaker of the Year in 2012. Domaine Chanzy wines have received recent awards from Decanter Magazine, Concours Des Grand Vins de France and the Guide Hachette.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This great wine is suitable as a fresh aperitif or companion to grilled fish and seafood, chicken salad with pineapple, light quiches and vegetable dishes, but also to mild goat cheese.