Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
- RegionCôte de Beaune
- AppellationChassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru
- Grape varietyChardonnay
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilChalk and clay
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential5-7 years
- Serving temperature 12-14°
- 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. This Premier Cru wine has been selected from the best parcels of land where the grapes are exposed to the maximum amount of sunshine which ensures optimum ripeness before the harvest. The word Chassagne comes from either the Latin cassanea which means an oak wood or cassanus which means oak. Until the late 19th Century the main settlement of this commune was known as Chassagne-le-Haut. However in 1879, in common with other villages in the Côte d'Or, the village was allowed to change its name replacing le Haut with name of their most famous Grand Cru Montrachet.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
- Ageing8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 50% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteOf a golden yellow colour, this Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 2011 has complexity. Notes of almond and fresh apricot appear on the nose, accompanied by vanilla and butter aromas. These notes marry very-well and offer an ample and voluptuous wine. Notes of apricot can be smelt again, revealing sap aromas on the finish.
- Food PairingCharcuterie - fish - shellfish - goats cheese
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 2010 - My Wines And More - May 2013 - 88/100Pale straw yellow. Apples, minerals, citrus, lemons and a touch of butter on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, mineraly backbone, fresh, a little bit oaky and smoky in the aftertaste, slightly warm finish, good length.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 90/100Butterscotch and apple compote aromas and flavors mark this broad, powerful white. There's an underlying grapefruit note that persists on the finish. Drink now through 2018. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- 2002 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru - Winenow - China - March 2010 - 4 stars:This wine is from the famous region of Burgundy. Grapes are from top-class vineyard, fermented in barrels for 8-12 months, maturity is now. Notes of honey and nuts with the perfect acidity and complexity. Served lightly chilled.
- 2001 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru - Burghound.com - July 2003 - 88 points :Pain grillé and a lovely nuance of rosemary introduce full, relatively powerful and dense flavors that offer excellent flavor authority if not the same elegance as the truffières. Still, this finishes dry, firm and with style. I like this. 88/2006-11.
- 1996 Chassagne-Montrachet - Wine Advocate - April 30th, 1998 - 87-89 points :The Chassagne Montrachet shows candied citrus fruit on the nose as well as a liquid mineral and lemon zest-infused, medium-bodied, rich, ripe, and persistent personnality. It will be at its best if consumed by 2001.