Chassagne-Montrachet

  • RegionCôte de Beaune
  • VillageChassagne-Montrachet
  • AppellationChassagne-Montrachet
  • Grape varietyPinot Noir
The Vine
  • Average vine age 30 years
  • SoilChalk and clay
  • Average yield40 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential5-7 years
  • Serving temperature 14-15°
Description
  • Chassagne-Montrachet and its neighbour Puligny-Montrachet are well-known for their Grand Crus, the most famous being the Montrachet. However, apart from these white Grand Crus, Chassagne-Montrachet also produces outstanding red wines. These wines have good body and their structure is reminiscent of the reds from the Côte de Nuits.
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in open vats
  • Ageing
    10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 35% new
  • Barrels
    Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    Rich and round, the Chassagne-Montrachet offers an expressive nose of red fruit and liquorice, tinged a hint of musk. Nicely balanced with good length and a fresh acidity. A wine of great potential.
  • Food Pairing
    Grilled meat - filet mignon of veal - mature cheeses


Press review
    • Chassagne-Montrachet rouge 2008 - Wine Spectator - June 2011 - 88/100This has a rich center, allowing the sweet cherry and strawberry flavors to shine. Firm tannins. Still tight on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2019. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 2007 - Burghound.com - April 2009 - 87/100A more deeply pitched and slightly peppery nose jumps from the glass to reveal ripe raspberry and cherry aromas that complement the attractively textured flavors that possess a bit more underlying material on the sappy finish. This isn't overly complex but on an overall basis, it's more interesting. 2011+
    • 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet - Wine Enthusiast - October 2009 - 88/100:It is sometimes forgotten that Chassagne-Montrachet also produces red wines. Louis Latour's wine presents a fine structure, soft and fresh acidity and ripe, jammy berry flavors. There is good core and dryness that suggests aging for 2-3 years.
    • 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet rouge - Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - May 2009 - 83 points:On the leathery, gamy side of the divide, with cherry and licorice notes and stiff tannins. Best from 2011 through 2016.
    • 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet rouge - The Buffalo News - USA - September 9th 2008:Chassagne Montrachet is better known for it’s white wine, so this red wine made from pinot noir is a bit of a rarity. Nice floral cherry nose, with medium bodied ripe cherry flavors, and good acidity. Easily should develop well over the next two or three years, and is a good introduction to village level red burgundies.
    • Chassagne-Montrachet 2005 - Wine Enthusiast - August 2008 - 88/100
    • Chassagne-Montrachet rouge 2005 - Burghound.com - April 2007 - 85-87/100A pepper, earth and distinctly sauvage nose introducing ripe red fruit flavors that are full and punchy.
    • 2003 Chassagne-Montrachet - Burghound.com - April 2005 - 86 points :This too is sufficiently ripe to display distinct roasted plum and freshly turned earth aromas that introduce dense and very structured but not hard flavors and a reasonnably long finish. This is rustic and very Chassagne and if not elegant, it is frank, direct punchy. This will require a few years in the cellar. 86/2009+
    • 2001 Chassagne-Montrachet - Burghound.com - April 2004 :Light ruby. Pepper, earth and briar can be found on the generous nose, leadin to light weight, supple, round flavors that are still a bit tight. There is prominent but not hard structure and this will need a few years to mellow and lengthen. 85/2007-10.
    • 1996 Chassagne-Montrachet - Madame Figaro, Japan - April 1999 :Monsieur Latour recommends his Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1996, made from top quality Pinot Noir grapes. The wine has a fragrant nose of cherry, cassis and plum, with a rich silky taste, smooth tannins and a long satisfying finish.
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