Blain Gagnard Chassagne Montachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2011
This is one of the finest white Burgundy estates, where the wine-making involves minimal interventions. It is run by Jean-Marc Blain and his wife Claudine, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard-Delagrange. The family owns some of the village’s greatest hillsides. New oak barrels are never used to excess, being subtly spread amongst the different cuvées, so that spicy oakiness is never perceptible here. Blain is also prudent with stirring-up of the lees (known as bâtonnage) which, if used to excess, may result in heavy wines which taste mealy. Here, on the contrary, the finished wines have great purity of fruit, with balanced acidity and long, clean flavours which clearly evoke the wines’ precise origins.
This offers a touch more overall depth on the expressive and notably ripe nose of dried apricots, peach, apple and pear. There is solid size, weight, concentration and power to the middle weight plus flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract, all wrapped in a suave, delicious, long and impressively complex finish. This is very Morgeot in character yet avoids any sense of heaviness. Worth considering. Score: 91 Points; Drink: 2016+ Outstanding
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