The Criots-Batard-Montrachet 1989 from Hubert Lamy is a delightfully fresh effort. The nose is still crisp and vibrant with cool yellow fruit, hazelnuts and a slightly salty minerality. On the palate medium bodied with focused and refined fruit supported by a lovely mineralic backbone. It’s pure vibrant with a almost riesling like acidity in the finish. Very fresh and cool for a 1989 .. a lovely matured white Burgundy.
The Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2006 from Amiot Guy is a good but typical effort for the vintage. The nose is very expressive with weighty yellow fruit .. rich with what seems to be more than a hint of botrytis. On the palate same story … rich and quite developed with a significant impression of botrytis. Its a quite balanced wine with a nice freshness but also a quite high alcohol level. On the rich side for my palate … not really happy about the white 06s … but this is nevertheless quite enjoyable now.
The Blanchots-Dessus is among the most powerful of the Chassagne vineyards. The 2012 edition of the Blanchots-Dessus is nevertheless a quite refined effort from this intense vineyard. In the bouquet rich and slightly dense yellow orchard fruit – balanced by a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich almost silky but with a strong minerality boosting the wine. Its quite refined and light-footed for a Blanchots-Dessus and offer a rich and powerful side of the Chassagene wines. Normally a bit on the rich side for my palate – but with the purity and refinement of the 2012 vintage – this wine somehow is spot on for a rich and powerful Chassagne.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Masures (village) is a step up from Les Chaumes – although its slightly closed at the moment. The nose is showing signs of reduction – but one can still appreciate the lovely white orchard fruits and the quite delicate minerality. On the palate more refined and focused with a quite delicate fruit and structure for this level. Really loved this effort for its delicate display of Chassagne terroir – needs time to unfold though.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumes (village) is a classic wine from the appellation. In the nose rich orchard fruits … forward and charming … focused by a citrus driven minerality. On the palate good weight for this level – focused by a quite crisp acidity and a nice minerality for this level. Love the freshness in this wine … a honest and quite vibrant Chassagne village.
The Chenevottes is quite a step up from the village level – very expressive and quite rich. In the nose rich and intense orchard fruits – with hints of some more tropical fruits – all brought forward by a citrusy and flinty minerality. On the palate rich, quite openly knit with a lovely fresh acidity and a playful minerality. Love the extrovert fruit and display of flinty minerality – always a treat to taste the Chenevottes from this house.
The Morgeot Les Petits Clos is a more masculine wine than many of the other Chassagne 1er crus – but the 2012 edition of this wine is surprisingly refined and delicate. In the nose very pure white and yellow orchard fruits – notes of pear, apricots – hints of white flowers … infused with a quite powerful citrusy minerality. On the palate very harmonious and refined for a Morgeot – the fruit is very pure and delicate and somehow the minerality seem more refined and filigree than seen in earlier vintages of this wine. A very elegant and delicate Morgeot – impressive.
I have a soft spot for the Chaumees vineyard – with it’s limestone minerality and balance. In the nose its very extrovert with a bit more sweetness in the fruit than the Chenevottes – notes of yellow fruit with hints of peach, pineapple and hazelnuts. On the palate very harmonious and delicate with a rich but airy fruit – effortless and quite refined for this level – displaying the fine qualities of this vintage. Just love this vineyard!
There are many fine vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet – but Les Caillerets is in my view in a league of its own. The 2012 Caillerets from Jean-Nöel Gagnard confirms this status. The nose is delicately refined with airy white orchard fruit and a filigree citrus infused minerality. On the palate very refined pure fruit – airy and delicate – with an almost creamy texture. The acidity is fresh and crisp and offer a perfect balance to the rich cool fruit and the filigree minerality. Effortless refinement – adore this terroir and this wine.
The Volnay Caillerets from Bouchard is one of my favorite reds from this big house. The 2012 edition is no exception …. a lovely Volnay in the making. The nose is crammed with red and dark berry fruit … fine depth and mineralic energy. On the palate rich and deep fruit … lovely concentration … fine transparancy and a powerful slightly edgy minerality. Its well balanced and focused with a quite lovely nerve and energy.
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.
Photo by Frederik Kreutzer
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.