Rising between 220 and 325 meters above sea level, marly, clay, limestone and pebble-rich soils located in the south end of the Côte de Beaune produce this Chassagne-Montrachet, a fresh and full-bodied Chardonnay bringing the highest expression of the terroir. Planted since the Roman era, they are complex enough to suit both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Illuminating your glass with its elegant golden shine, with shades of green sparks beneath its legs, Chassagne-Montrachet 2013’s luscious minerality is the perfect choice to accompany a summer’s afternoon. Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, the soils of this appellation are composed of well-draining limestone. The combination of both old and new French Oak during fermentation allows for prominent notes of acacia, honeysuckle and hazelnut to welcome the nose first, with gentle flourishes of freshly churned butter yearning for an introduction. The palate will then be tickled by a profound flinty, toasty, flavor that evolves into candied fruit and honey aromas…but only if laid down for a few years. This is a powerful and elegant wine with a long, succulent and pleasing finish. Savor it. Chassagne-Montrachet 2013 can be paired with any white meat, high-quality fish, lobster and even lightly cooked foie gras.
The first you notice about the Chassagne-Montrachet 2015 is it’s clear lemon glow. You might find yourself staring at it. With pronounced aromas of iris, yellow peaches, passion fruit, pineapple, vanilla, saffron and delicate toasted almond notes, this 2015 is still evolving but on a path to greatness. To the taste: it’s dry, with a moderate acidity, alcohol and body. There is a keenness of intensity with flavors such as iris, yellow peaches, passion fruit, pineapple, vanilla, saffron and delicate toasted almond notes floating to the fore, with a creamy and velvety texture gently breaking through too. You will be greeted by a smooth finish. A perfect paragon of Chassagne Montrachet’s terroir, this 2015 displays a bold concentration of aromas in synergy with its refreshing acidity, a feature which rewards the wine with a longer potential for aging, developing more complexity with time.
Generous and age-worthy
Complex and generous, Chassagne-Montrachet 2017 has a clear lemon color. The nose and palate present with intense aromas and flavors of yellow flowers and tropical fruits such as pineapple, lined with notes of honey and beeswax. The finish is long with a creamy texture, leaving a sense of generosity. It is a white wine approachable now, but definitely age-worthy.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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For fifteen years, Jérôme Aucourt introduced tens of thousands of people around the world to the wines of Château de Pommard. His passion for Burgundy and his knowledge of wine was limitless. In memory of our friend, colleague, father, husband, and wine advisor, we have established the Jérôme Aucourt Scholarship at our Ècole V Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) professional wine school. Details of the scholarship program will be published soon. Jérôme is survived by his wife Allison, their two young children, his mother, father, and two brothers.