2005 Domaine Catherine & Dominique Derain Mercurey "La Plante Chassey" (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1050119

Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely take the minimalist approach. They farm biodyamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulfur in their winemaking approach. The "La Plante Chassey" site is a south-east slope comprised of deep clay soils. A small percentage of Pinot Beurrot (an ancient Burgundy varietal) is planted in this vineyard and provides a touch of nuance to the wine. There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Given the economics of our time this is an extraordinary introduction to this region at an appealing price. Fans of Burgundy won't be disappointed and we may even make a few converts from the New World. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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By: Cindy Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2009  | Send Email
With crisp red fruits and a structured core, this burgundy has enough detail to be studied and enough pure refreshment to be 'drunk'! For maximum enjoyment I highly recommend pairing it with a roast chicken 'white lasagna' flavored with gruyere, sautéed mushrooms and herbs de provence.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/24/2009  | Send Email
There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranite. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavendar on the nose. Given the economics of our time this is an extraordinary introduction to this region at an appealing price. Fans of Burgundy won't be dissapointed and we may even make a few converts from the New World.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
I've said it before and I'll say it again: for terrific value in red Burgundy, Marsannay and Mercurey are where it's at. This particular example from the ripe, critically acclaimed 2005 is showing surprsingly well. Ripe cherry, plum, dried fruits and subtle dried tomato aromas show just a hint of development. Flavors of fresh and dried cherries, dried cranberries, and a slight floral tinge show amazing freshness and purity. I look forward to drinking this wine now and over the next couple years, possibly stashing a bit away for longer as an experiment.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
This is a very pretty Burgundy (in both appearance and taste) at a great price. The color is translucent ruby red, and the wine is very extroverted aromaticly, with violet and strawberry aromas. On the palate it has very firm red fruit, with plenty of refreshing acid and a tickling of tannin that would pair perfectly with a rack of lamb. This is Pinot Noir bliss for me and the Plante Chassey has more class and persistence than any Mercurey that I have ever tasted.
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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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