‘Wow how delicious is that Macon!’ James L, August 2022 - on the 2020 vintage Frederic has nailed this wine. So fresh, pure, lovely clean Chardonnay. Fleshy peach, silky mango kulfi and smooth dairy lift. Light-footed length and good bit of fruity heft with lemony-bright edges. I love the drinkability of this wine. It's a joy. This is wonderful to drink now and this summer. It's a blend of 50% from the Clos and 50% from the vineyard by the Chateau, and in 10 year old barriques, and 3 yr old foudres. Named Chouettes (owls) out of respect, as at Messey they put some much into letting nature and the eco-system have its say in the area, which creates an evironment in the vineyard where chemicals are not needed.
Chateau de Messey is a new star from a special terroir in southern burgundy called 'Cruzille'. Boasting 1,000 years of history (they are mentioned in manuscripts dating back to the 9th century CE), Château de Messey is located just outside Tournus on a hilltop 300-400 metres above sea level and surrounded by woods. Owner Marc Dumont purchased the chateau complete with ancient vaulted cellars and 89ha of vines in the early '90s and the quality has sky-rocketed in the last few years. The estate is run by Fredereic Servais, named Winemaker of the Year in 2017 by Appelation Bourgogne for his work at Clos des Poncetys. The character is deeper and more complex than most Macon, and in fact, this is an hour to the North of Macon. This is from a delimitated part of a clos of 4 hectares and much higher than most vineyards in Burgundy.