Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
"La Grande Montagne"

  • RegionCôte de Beaune
  • VillageChassagne-Montrachet
  • AppellationChassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru
  • Grape varietyChardonnay
The Vine
  • Average vine age 30 years
  • SoilMarl and limestone
  • Average yield40 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential5-7 years
  • Serving temperature 12-14°
Description
  • Chassagne-Montrachet is located to the south of Puligny-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune and is one of Burgundy's greatest white wine appellations. As its name suggests this small parcel of just 0.5 hectares is situated right at the top of the slope of the Montagne de Chassagne at an altitude of 310 metres. It is a safely hidden treasure, surrounded by vegetation and only accessible by a small dirt track..
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
  • Ageing
    8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 50% new
  • Barrels
    Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    Of a pale yellow colour, the Chassagne-Montrachet "La Grande Montagne" 2010" reveals an expressive nose with aromas of fresh almonds, honey and caramel. The mouth is full and silky with a certain tension on the back-palate. A pretty and very promising wine.

  • Food Pairing
    Lobster - fish - shellfish - goats cheese
Press review
  • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 89/100
  • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2010 - Burghound.com - June 2012 - 92/100


Press review
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2014 - Tim Atkin (UK) - February 2016 - 92/100
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2014 - Burgundy Report - January 2016 - "A beauty"

      A wide, open nose, yet there are fine individual points of focus. Lovely - the flavour is bright but not sharp, it's complex and wide, very citrus inflected, the texture is lovely and the mid-palate and finish are beautifully packed with complex mouth-watering citrus anecdotes. A beauty - really hyper complex finishing. (cask sample) By Bill Nanson (UK)

    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2013 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 90/100Layered and pretty with dried fruit plus apple and honey undertones. Medium to full-bodied, fruity and simple. Drink now.



    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2013 - Burgundy Report - December 2014 - "Big, fresh"A very-much more mineral nose with high-toned aromatics and a more modest baseline of deep perfume. Big, fresh, rather savoury flavour. In shape, scale, complexity and freshness this would normally be a winner for me, but the dark, rather mineral almost savoury flavour is difficult for me.
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2013 - Tim Atkin - January 2015 - 92/100 (UK)
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2012 - Wine Spectator - September 2015 - 90/100Honey and baking spice aromas and flavors highlight this viscous white. Lemon cake and candied apple notes chime in as this converges
      on the long finish. Best from 2012 through 2025.
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2012 - Burgundy Report - June 2014 - "I like this a lot!"Cask sample. Focused, ripe yellow-fruit aromas, yet this has a very good freshness. (...) a lovely citrus-infused acidity that also impresses itself on the finish. I like this a lot! - Bill Nanson
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2012 - Jancis Robinson - January 2014 - 16.5/20Some edgy mineral notes. Good build and potential. Quite painful to taste now - which is a good thing! Drink 2017-2022 (cask sample) UK
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2012 - Tim Atkin - February 2014 - 93/100 (UK)
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2011 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 92/100

      Lots of aroma here, with a little bit of herb and nutty character suggesting savouriness, and a hint of honeyed development. The palate has juicy fruit that is very fresh and squirts across the tongue with a fat lemony freshness, quite tight in the finish, good acidity, but weight and fullness too. A complex and structured wine. (UK)

    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2011 - Wine Spectator - September 2014 - 90/100Lush in texture, this is infused with peach, apple, lemon and spice flavors. Fresh and balanced, with subtle iron and graphite notes on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2023. (USA)
    • Chassagne-Montrachet "Grande Montagne” 2011 - Burghound.com - Allen Meadows (USA) - June 2013 - 92/100This is quite ripe, especially for a vineyard situated at considerable altitude, and displays mostly yellow orchard fruit, wet stone and a hint of wood toast. There is very good acid support to the vibrant medium weight flavors that possess a lovely minerality on the dry, clean, focused and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is also really quite good. 2017+
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne” 2008 - Wine Spectator - December 2010 - 91/100A fleshy, round white, with peach and floral flavors accented by light toast and vanilla. Remains bright and long on the finish. Still needs a little time. Best from 2012 through 2023. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 89/100A broad white, whose apple pie, toast, butter and baking spice flavors seemingly melt on the palate. Balanced on the soft side, with moderate length. Drink now through 2018. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2010 - Burghound.com - June 2012 - 92/100A ripe, fresh and impressively layered nose speaks of both white and yellow orchard fruit that complements well the rich, generous and lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that possess enough dry extract such that the palate impression is sappy yet firm and lingering. 2015+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Grande Montagne” 2009 - Burghound.com - June 2011 - 89/100A finer but still earthy and serious nose adorned by soft wood notes offers a broad panoply of orchard fruit and citrus elements where the latter is also reflected by the rich, powerful and delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess solid amounts of dry extract that buffers well the moderately firm acid spine on the balanced, intense and reasonably persistent finish. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Grande Montagne" 2008 - Burghound.com - July 2010 - 90/100A pretty nose of ripe orchard fruit aromas gives way to naturally sweet, opulent and sappy flavors that are perhaps a bit less precise and racy than I would typically expect from this wine though to be fair, it is delicious, layered, balanced and solidly persistent. A very good rather than great example. 90/2014+
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