- RegionCôte de Beaune
- Grape varietyChardonnay
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilChalk and clay
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential3-5 years
- Serving temperature 11-13°
- 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. It produces all appellations from village to Grand Cru. 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. The village appellation covers just over half of Chassagne-Montrachet.
- FermentationTraditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
- Ageing8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 15% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, french oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteShowing a sparklingly clear straw robe this Chassagne-Montrachet has a clean nose of a fruity wine with some oak notes. On tasting we find medium acidity leading to a rounded, fat wine with those oaky notes pushing to the fore. This is a powerful wine which also demonstrates finesse and, although drinking beautifully now, promises to be a good cellaring wine. Tasted 08/02/05.
- Food PairingSeafood - fish - charcuterie - goats cheese
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2019 - 94 pts - James Suckling - July 2021
Absolutely classic, with the combination of ripeness and elegance the world expects from Chassagne-Montrachet. Fine apple, pear and lemon aromas, a delicate herbal touch adding freshness. Long, elegant finish, driven along at a brisk clip by the mineral acidity. Drink or hold.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2018, 93/100, James Suckling
A ripe, juicy red with berries and light walnut and hazelnut undertones. Blue fruit, too. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish with chocolate and mushroom undertones to the fruit. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2017 - James Suckling - USA - February 2019 - 91/100Quite delicate fresh-pear and cashew aromas with honeysuckle and some chalky nuances. The palate has a very bright core of fresh, citrusy flavors with a long, sherbet-like finish. Strong wine. Very taut. Drink or hold.
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2017 - Wine Spectator - June 2019 - 92/100
An intense white, rich and buttery, evoking citronella, apricot and lemon flavors, with a hint of pineapple. Reveals good cut underneath the creamy texture, keeping this focused and long. Light spice notes add depth. Drink now through 2024. (Bruce Sanderson, USA)
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2017 - William Kelley, Wine Advocate (USA) - January 2019 - "Nicely concentrated"
One of the more powerful, reserved village wines from Latour this year, the 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Village exhibits notes of fresh pear, mandarin, spices and dried white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad shouldered and nicely concentrated, with chewy extract and good length on the finish. Drink 2018-2024 (cask sample)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2016 Blanc - James Suckling - February 2018 - 93/100
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2015 - Neil Cammies - U.K - October 2019Finished in 100% oak, of which 15% is new, this carries on with the opulent bouquet theme with rich butterscotch to the sweet floral tones. The honeyed fruit on the palate still carries crisp minerality which sits well with the luxurious mouthfeel.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2015 Blanc - Wine Enthusiast - November 2017 - 90/100
This wine has weight and richness. It is ripe with apricot and peach flavors that are happily balanced by a crisp edge of acidity. Its texture will give it a good future. (USA)
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2015 - Burghound.com - June 2017 - 87/100
A pungent and notably ripe nose combines notes of petrol, resin and essence of pear. The supple, rich and seductively textured flavors terminate in a very generously proportioned and mildly rustic and warm finish. While this could easily be enjoyed young I would be inclined to hold it for a few years. 87/2020+
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2015 - Jancis Robinson - January 2017 - 15.5/20
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2014 - James Suckling - January 2017 - 92/100
A beautiful, creamy white with sliced apples, lemon curd and hints of mangoes. Some sand, too. Medium to full body and a soft texture, but this is fresh and delicious. Drink now. (USA)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2014 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2016 - 91/100
This wine is textured, with a frim backdrop to the ripe white fruits. Acidity cuts through everything, giving a fragrant character. Drink this developing wine from 2018.
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2014 - Burghound.com - June 2016
Top notes from the resin, petrol and white orchard fruit-scented nose. Once again there is excellent volume to the solidly concentrated and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess good power, indeed the mouth feel of the finish is almost robust.
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2013 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2015 - 88/100
This wine has strucure and tannins. With ripe apples and quince flavors, it is tight, tense while also full in the mouth. A strong background of acidity gives concentration and considereable freshness at the end. Drink from 2017. (USA)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2012 - Burghound.com - June 2014 - 89/100(...) There is excellent density and plenty of vibrancy to the generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine depth and length. This isn't especially refined but as examples of villages level Chassagne go this is very good and worth your interest. 2017+ By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2012 - Tim Atkin - February 2014 - 92/100 (UK)
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2012 - Jancis Robinson - January 2014 - 16/20Solid and some delineation on the palate. Firm and fine. Drink 2014-2018. UK
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2011 - Burghound.com - Allen Meadows (USA) - June 2013 - 87/100A pungent nose of resin, herbal tea and yellow orchard fruit scents introduce notably rich and round flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel on the very supple, forward and reasonably persistent finish. 2014+
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2011 - Jancis Robinson - February 2013 - 16.5/20Crisp, bright and lively, filled out on the mid palate with a creamy lees richness. Firm long finish. Quite a lot of power. Drink 2015-2020. By Julia Harding MW (UK)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 87/100Freshly cut lemon and honey notes mingle in this lively white. Moderately long on the finish. Drink now through 2016. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2010 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2012 - 89/100 Melon, mango and tropical fruit notes are all found on this soft, open wine. It is full and round, with an attractive, simple fruitiness, and acidity that cuts through on the finish. By Roger Voss (USA).
- Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2010 - Burghound.com - June 2012 - 88/100A pungent nose features notes of resin, white peach and softly spiced pear. There is good richness to the round and generous middle weight flavors that possess fine volume on the sappy and balanced finish that delivers better than average depth and length. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2009 - Burghound.com - June 2011 - 88/100A yellow orchard fruit, resin and mildly earthy character precedes the rich and relatively fullbodied flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration and a textured mouth feel on the delicious and moderately complex finish that delivers good if not special length. A solid villages. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2009 - Jancis Robinson - January 2011 - 15/20Pale straw. Open, easy nose. Lots of richness on the nose. Drink 2010-2013. (UK)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2008 - Wine Spectator - December 2010A solid white, its apple and citrus flavors just a little blunt. This is otherwise blanced, offering an earthy accent and moderate kength. Drink now through 2012. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2010 - 87/100This is soft, full of ripe white fruit flavors. The wine is broad, showing some freshness along with the forward richness. It is likely to age relatively quickly. By Roger Voss, USA.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2008 - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com - July 2010 - 88/100A distinctly pungent nose of resin, underbrush, earth and yellow orchard fruits complements the rich, round and relatively powerful flavors that are delicious and persistent if not especially refined. 88/2013+
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2007 - Jamie Goode's Wineanorak - April 2010 - 87/100Rounded, slightly nutty nose. The palate is fresh and fruity with good acidity and some mineral notes.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2007 - TheFineWineTimes.com - February 2010 - "Fresh and lithe"Fresh, mineral citrus fruits. Medium-bodied with a light to medium concentration of fine citrus fruits and a light sheen of new oak. Fresh and lithe with decent balance and medium length.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2007 - Burghound.com - July 2009 - 87-89/100Reduction and sulfur make the nose impossible to fairly judge though the round, supple and forward flavors display no sulfur-induced dryness as there is good intensity and vibrancy that carries over to the delicious, long and sappy finish. This should clean up with a bit of pre-bottling aeration. 2012+
- 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet - Wine Enthusiast - October 2008 - 87 points:Soft, open, green and rich, with hints of wood and flavors of pear. Ready to drink now.
- 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet - Burghound - July 2008 - 86-89 points:A complex and layered nose of resin, acacia, citrus peel and a hint of crushed herb that is picked up by the opulent, even lush middle weight flavors that possess nice balance despite being fashioned in a very forward style. This is plump but not heavy. (86-89)/2009+
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2006 - Jancis Robinson - February 2008 - 16.5/20Spicy, delicately honeyed citrus. Tight minerally flavour but creamy rounded texture and finish. Finishes spicy. Drink 2009-12. (UK)
- Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 2005 - The Buffalo News - September 9th 2008 - "Nice creamy finish"A very nice village- level wine. It is 100 percent chardonnay and has a nice floral component, medium tropical fruit flavors, a hint of oak and nice creamy finish.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2005 - Wine Spectator - August 2007 - 85/100Broad adn structured,light apple and lemon flavors. Has moderate length on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
- Chassagne-Montrachet 2005 - Burghound.com - July 2007 - 87-90/100A pungent nose of menthol, resin, crushed herb and warm earth notes marry into rich, supple and nicely textured flavors that possess good volume and plenty of finishing pop. This is unusually racy for a Chassagne villages given the vintage. This has potential. 2009+
- Chassagne Montrachet 2005 - Jancis Robertson - January 2007 - 16.5/20Confident, well-balanced. Fresh and lively wine. Good acidity and body. Drink 2006-08.
- 2004 Chassagne Montrachet - Burghound.com - July 2006 - 88 points :The ripe straw and melon aromas do a quality job of introducing to the rich and relatively powerful flavors that possess solid finishing complexity and very fine length. This is an attractive villages that will benefit from a year or two in the cellar as it's already quite forward.
- 2004 Chassagne Montrachet - Wine Spectator - December 2006 - 87 points :Sleek, this wife offers lemon and mineral flavors on a vibrant structure. Tightly wound, needing time to unravel all its facets. Fine length. Drink now through 2010.
- 2003 Chassagne-Montrachet - Burghound.com - September 2005 - 87 points :Very ripe but not roasted or stewed fruit aromas and hints of melon and straw introduce rich, round, rather sweet and full flavors that are delicious. 87/now+
- 2002 Chassagne-Montrachet - Burghound.com - July 2004 - 87 points :Expressive, clean, very ripe yet very bright chardonnay and herb notes combine with round, full and intense medium weight flavors that offer good definition but not the same vibrancy as the best in this range. In fairness, this could very well be a bit tired from the recent bottling and if so, my score may be on the conservative side. 87/2005+
- 2002 Chassagne Montrachet - Decanter - August 2005 - 4 stars :Broad but spicy nose, apricots. Fairly rich fruit but still slightly austere. Good concentration, spicy finish. Quite mineral. Good length. 2-8 years.
- 2001 Chassagne-Montrachet - Irish Independent - April 27th, 2003 :This wine is quite distinctive, with honeyed layers, spice and ripe fruit, plus glorious length.
- 2002 Chassagne-Montrachet - South China Morning Post - August 21st 2009 :This creamy Chassagne-Montrachet is the perfect match with grilled snapper wings with Chinese five-spice. The silky wine plays with the supple wings while the acid backbone steers and directs the flavour combination to a long finish. The interaction between the wine's lightly spiced oak and the Chinese five-spice melts into each other seamlessly. The clove component in the spice mixture melts into the crisp brown flavours of the wings; the cinnamon provides warmth against the richness of the Burgundy fruit, and the pepper gives high notes that changes the personality of the frisky chardonnay fruit into a solemn deep thinker.
- 2000 Chassagne-Montrachet - Wine Enthusiast - August 2002 - 88 points :Open and inviting, this wine lays out traditional Chardonnay aromas and flavors of peach and citrus accented by toasty oak in a powerful and easily understood wine. There's a certain lack of finesse that's more than made up for by rich and expressive flavors.
- 1998 Chassagne-Montrachet - Wine Enthusiast - November 2000 :Scents of pineapple and hazelnuts open into a lush, spicy, forward, slightly toasty wine with immediate drinkability and appeal.