Blain Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets 1er Cru 2014 - Pre-Arrival
Arriving December 2016
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.
The 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1Er Cru les Caillerets has a tightly wound bouquet that opens with aeration, hints of oyster shell infusing the mineral scents, later white peach and orange sorbet. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, similar weight to the Morgeot but with a touch of delineation on the finish. This is elegant and refined. Rating: 92 Points; Date Tasted: Dec 2015; Drink: 2017-2029; Neil Martin - eRobertParker.com #222
A wonderfully expressive and aromatically dense nose features notes of petrol, white and yellow orchard fruit and in particular apple and apricot. There is excellent volume to the seductively textured medium weight flavors that exude plenty of minerality that adds lift to the succulent, balanced and impressively persistent bitter lemon-tinged finish that goes on and on. Good stuff. Rating: 92 Points; Date Tasted: Jun 2016; Drink: 2022+; Issue: 63; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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