- RegionCôte de Beaune
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilChalk and clay
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential5-7 years
- Serving temperature 14-15°
- 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
- FermentationTraditional in open vats
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 35% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteWith a bright ruby colour in the glass, this wine offers an impressive bouquet packed with aromas of blackcurrant, leather and game. On the palate a rounded wine with soft tannins and distinct fruit flavours reveals itself and the gamey blackcurrant aromas on the nose are mirrored in the mouth along with subtle oak characteristics. Although this wine is rounded and soft it also has cellaring potential. Tasted 28/05/2004
- Food PairingGrilled meat - filet mignon of veal - mature cheeses
- 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.