Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard holds a special place in the Winehog history, as this was the first Domaine I visited as a official blogger – about two years ago. And what can I say ?… good to be back!.
The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet from Domaine Ramonet is a beauty but not quite as extrovert sexy as the 1er cru Clos St. Jean. The nose is delightfully bursting with red berry fruit – cherries, raspberries and cherry stones – crisp and openly knit with a discrete hint of minerality. On the palate vibrant and forward … quite lightfooted … with a nice focusing minerality. A lovely fresh and forward pinot … delightful juice.
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The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 2010 from Jean-Claude Bachelet is a delightful effort. In the bouquet lively and ripe yellow fruit – presented by a citrus infused Chassagne minerality and a decent touch of oak. On the palate quite weighty fruit – pure and crisp – focused by a powerful acidity and a lovely minerality from this relatively unknown terroir located under Les Vergers. This is a classic, pure and transparent Chassagne – love the energy and 2010 power … gorgeous.
The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet 1er cru Clos St. Jean from Domaine Ramonet is a absolutely adorable wine. The nose is gorgeously expressive bursting with airy red berry fruit – cherries, cherry stones, some slight hints of strawberries infused with a crisp minerality. On the palate very vibrant and forward – harmonious with a nice weight for the appellation and vintage. Absolutely love the forward and charming fruit expression … this is indeed a happy wine.
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The Volnay Caillerets 2005 from Lucien Le Moine is a surprisingly accessible and forward wine. In the nose red and blue berry fruit – notes of raspberries, blueberries and hints of cherries. The bouquet is wonderfully spiced with violets, a nice stony minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate very impressive weight and power for the terroir – quite openly knit for a 2005. Really like the powerful, fruity and openly knit style … a exiting wine with it’s spicy minerality. A lovely, balanced and enjoyable wine … a nice surprise currently.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees 2011 from Domaine Dublere is a quite expressive wine. In the nose rich and quite exotic yellow fruit with a lovely crisp minerality – notes of grape, almonds, orhchards fruits with a hint of oak. On the palate rich and quite dense fruit with very good weight and length. The fruit is ripe and rich with a slight opulence … finely matched by a nice vibrant acidity. Not quite matching energy and transparancy of the magnificent 2010 … but nevertheless a delightful glass of Chassagne.
The Chassagne Chenevottes is a somewhat deeper and more dense than Les Chaumees. The bouquet is slightly closed and reduced/yeasty at the moment – but with underlying notes of white orchard fruits and a citrus infused finely grained minerality. On the palate quite deep and intense fruit – a bigger wine than the Chaumees – but perhaps lacking a bit of the energy and tension found in the gorgeous Chaumees. This is nevertheless a fine Chassagene in the making.
The Chassagne Les Chaumees is a mineralic powerhouse … a beautiful terroi driven wine. In the bouquet rich white orchard fruits, with a quite stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate a lovely rich and deep fruit – excellent acidity and a very crisp minerality. Love this wine with it’s crystal clear fruit and powerful minerality – this is how Chassagne should be – bravo!
The Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 2010 from Domaine Dublere is a delightfully mineralic wine. In the bouquet crystal clear yellow fruit with notes of pear, green apple, melon and a slight hint of acacia – the nose is spiced with a stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate beautiful pure fruit, a linear focusing acidity with a very fine minerality. It’s very intense, but still refined and filigree – a pure, very focused Chassagne with a fine transparent expression of the terroir. A truly fine effort from Blair Pethel.
The Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 2009 is a lovely wine in it’s own right, but not comparing well with the 2008 and the 2010 editions of this wine. The bouquet offer rich yellow fruit with notes of pear, acacia and pineapple – hints of stony minerality and citrus. On the palate beautiful rich and slightly opulent fruit, focused by a lovely acidity for the vintage. The minerality is adding a vibrant dimansion to this wine, but it’s not quite in the same league as the 2008 or the 2010. A quite impressive effort for the vintage.
The Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 2008 from Domaine Dublere is showing beautifully. In the bouquet crystal clear and crisp fruit with notes of apple, melon and acacia flower – spiced with a stony minerality and a citrus twist. On the palate crisp and pure fruit, a wild and vibrant acidity enhanced by a very fine stony minerality. It’s very intense and dramatic – but still quite refined and filigree. Love this very expressive, pure and beautifully mineralic Chassagne 2008. Bravo!
The Chassagne Les Caillerets 2010 from Ramonet is a truly gorgeous wine. In the bouquet lovely ripe yellow fruit with notes of pear, melon and a hint of anis. The finely grained stony minerality is adding to the complexity of the nose – very refined and a bit understated. On the palate very fine pure fruit, very good energy, finely focused and refined with a almost silky texture. The finish is long and refined with a delicate minerality and a playful acidity. A 2010 statement from Ramonet – Chassagne 1er cru doesn’t come much better than this.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 2010 from Ramonet is a beauty. In the nose fine complex notes of orchard fruits, citrus and citrus zest with a rather intense and robust minerality. On the palate very harmonious with a crisp and rich cool fruit – good balance and integration of fruit and the structuring elements. Rather accessible for a young Ramonet, with a lovely midpalate expression and a long mineralic finish. A lovely and quite refined Chassagne – with the typical robustness of the Morgeot terroir.
The Chassagne Clos Saint Jean 2010 from Paul Pillot is a pure, crisp and lovely wine. In the bouquet white flowers, pear and melon – spiced with a finely grained stony minerality. On the palate it’s very focused with a quite lightfooted impression. It’s very refined and racy, with a cool pure fruit, and a almost Mosel like feel. A truly elegant wine, with a lovely energy – however not a wine for people who enjoy 14,5% heavy Australian Chardonney. Summing up – a quite light Chassagne 1er cru … very elegant and refined – really need to taste more from this producer.
I rarely drink red Chassagne – why? – I love a good red Chassagne-Montrachet but still they tend to get somewhat overlooked. The red Chassagnes often offers a lot of pinot pleasure – with a lovely expressive and charming fruit and a fine minerality. The generic Chassagne village 2010 from Ramonet is certainly no exception. The bouquet offers lovely crisp fruit with red cherries and strawberries – interlinked with a quite filigree stony minerality. It’s very forward and expressive. On the palate good concentration with a delightful balance. The fruit is cool and crisp … a joyful glass of pinot. Note – drink more red Chassagne.
The Chassagne Morgeot 1996 from Jadot is approaching a state of maturity. The bouquet is showing quite mature notes – hazelnuts, honey and a buttery yellow fruit. On the palate matured fruit – again fat buttery notes – held together by the powerful 1996 acidity. The finish is quite long and mineralic with the classic 1996 citrus notes. It’s showing good harmony and freshness with the citrus notes in the finish adding a good balance to the somewhat dense fruit. A lovely mature white Burgundy.
The Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 2010 from Domaine Dublere is a pure pleasure. In the bouquet crystal clear yellow fruit with notes of pear, green apple, melon and a slight hint of acacia – the nose is spiced with a stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate beautiful pure fruit, a linear focusing acidity with a very fine minerality. It’s intense, but still refined and filigree – a pure, very focused and harmonius Chassagne with a fine transparent expression of the terroir. I just loved every sip of this wine – a truly fine effort.
The Chassagne Chenevottes from Dublere is a somewhat deeper and more dense than Les Chaumees. In the bouquet apple, white orchard fruits and a lovely finely grained minerality. On the palate intense midpalate fruit with good concentration – the finish is long and lingering with a intense fruit. A bigger and more dense wine than the Chaumees – but both are very lovely wines.
The Chassagne Les Chaumees from Dublere is a lovely wine with a very fine terroir expression. In the bouquet white orchard fruit, with a quite stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate excellent acidity and crisp minerality, very pure, rich and openly knit fruit with fine energy and freshness. A lovely Chassagne.
The Chassagne Les Caillerets 2010 from Ramonet is a truly beautiful effort. In the bouquet lovely ripe yellow fruit with notes of pear, melon – hints of acacia and anis. A lovely playful minerality and acidity is adding to the the complexity of the nose – very refined and a bit understated. On the palate very fine pure fruit, good energy, very focused and refined with a almost silky texture. The finish is long and lingering with a delicate minerality and a playful acidity – what a beautiful wine.