Burgundy vineyards are well known for their history. Here, there are Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes for the red wine and Chardonnay and Aligote grapes for the white wine. The mention of appellation or plot (Clos) is very important, as on the same vineyard, different winemakers can produce a wines of different quality. Of course, the prestigious wines like premier crus and grand crus are the most desirable, but with 84 quality geographic areas which are full of wines to discover. After years of tasting and experience, we have selected the quintessential wines.
We were surprised at our preference for the non Premier Cru cuvee Les Guignottes in 2011, the balance and poise were noticeable, of course as Arlette pointed out the 1er cru was probably just in its shell, either way this is a fine Chardonnay, steely and pure.
Stephane Magnien's 2012 Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru is made from 100% Pinot Noir whose vines date back as far as 1980. The grapes are grown in the Mazoyeres Chambertin vineyard (which can also be labelled as Charmes Chambertin) where the terroir is comprised of a gravel and yellow clay-limestone. Post vinfication the juice is aged for 12 months in barrels (10% new oak) followed by 3 months in stainless steel. in 2012 the resulting wine is one of expressive typicity and one that presents all of the hallmarks of a Grand Cru of Gevrey. Deep in colour, expressive nose; strawberry, blackcurrant and spice, with the palate powerful, virile and complex. Superb.
Fixin is traditionally quite stern and austere with elevated minerality. With bottle age the softness of the charming Pinot fruit calms and mellows the palate, The result is a seriously contemplative wine. Audoins Le Rozier certainly follows this ethos, the ripe 2012 vintage adding a welcome extra layer of richness.
The Morgeot 1er Cru is Chassagne's wine growing hillside’s largest 1er Cru and covers no less than 21 different "lieu-dits” which are sometimes bottled individually and sometimes grouped together under the Morgeot appellation.
The Chardonnay for Bruno Colin's Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot is grown on vines that date back to 1963 in the Francemont "lieu-dits" on clay-limestone soils. Post vinification the juice is aged for 12 months in oak barrels (25% new oak) and 6 months in concrete vats. This wine is characterised by finesse. In youth it is reserved but with bottles age this wine develops a wonderful richness, underpinned by a fresh, mineral structure. 2017 is a knockout.
The 1er Cru vineyard of Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees borders Saint Aubin and lies just above another Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers. The Chardonnay from here is grown on clay-limestone soil and once vinified, the juice is aged for 12 months in oak barrels (25% new oak) and then 6 months concrete vats. The resulting wine in the extraordinary 2017 vintage is fruity, floral, rich, yet fresh. A wonderful Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees with expressive typicity.