When you think about French wine, Burgundy instantly comes to mind, followed quickly by Pinot Noir. Côte de Nuits is the homeland of premium Pinot Noir, boasting 24 Grand Cru vineyards that produce some of the most expensive and coveted wines in the world. Close by is the Côte Chalonnaise, which isn't quite as well known. And yet, the wines are elegant, delicious, and surprisingly affordable.
This week's sip is the 2019 Mercurey from Château de Chamirey. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, coming from the Mercurey appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines from Mercurey are known for having a little more body and aging potential than wines from other appellations within this area, but can also be enjoyed young. This bottle is fresh and juicy with notes of raspberry, redcurrant, and cranberry.
This wine is truly an experience. It tastes well above its price tag, and is an instant crowd pleaser. It appeases the red wine drinkers who like a little bit more structure and body in their wines, and those who prefer lighter, more fruity expressions.
This wine isn't just about enjoyment for me. Of course I love everything from the label, to the aromas, to the taste, to the undeniable quality. But this wine is also a trigger for good memories and a feeling of nostalgia. When I first started working as a sommelier, this was one of the first more premium bottles that I sold. At the time, I was elated. The guests were thrilled by the suggestion, and I was just happy to make them happy. Every time I drink this bottle, I remember the first time I tried it, the first time I sold it, and the people who I've shared it with.
I really mean it when I call this wine a crowd pleaser. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, this is an excellent wine to keep on hand.