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.
Notes of petrol, citrus, pear and a whiff of tangerine peel combine to serve as a pretty introduction to the round, delicious and relatively forward flavors that possess a succulent mouthfeel where the richness is offset by an agreeably dry and persistent saline-inflected finish. This isn't a classic example of a steely Caillerets but rather one that should drink well young and repay a few years of cellaring too. Tasted: Jun 2020; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 79; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 91 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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