Expected Spring 2024
Our tasting impressions
The epitome of Chassagne - combining the steeliness of Puligny and the richness of Merusault. It has wonderful body and the citrus/mineral flavors are engaging and interesting. An excellent village wine for now or well down the road.
About this wine
Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the premier appellations for white Burgundy. This 100% Chardonnay village wine is from 2 vineyards planted 55 years ago in clay & limestone soil. The plots total 1/3 hectare and face southeast at an elevation of 270 meters.
Grapes were handpicked, prior to fermentation by native yeast. Aging was in oak barrels (10% new). Malolactic fermentation was done. Bottled June of 2023.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adapt to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
About the vintage
2021 heralded a return to typical Burgundian style. For the first time in several years, high temperatures during the growing season were not the overriding factor. Unfortunately, a severe spring frost that plagued much of Europe drastically diminished yields. Chardonnay was hit harder because it buds earlier than Pinot Noir. So, 2021 was very good on quality but very poor on quantity.