Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, just beyond Puligny-Montrachet, the 350 hectares that make up the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation, with its well-draining and high concentration of limestone, is acclaimed for its diverse collection of terroir. From Village to Grand Cru classification – including the Montrachet, which is to white wines what Romanée-Conti is to reds – the vines are planted at an altitude of between 220m and 325m above sea level allowing them maximum exposure to sunshine and some of the best weather conditions in Burgundy. The journey to Chassagne-Montrachet from Pommard is ten minutes by car. For the more curious, a 45-minute cycle ride along the Route des Grands Crus is also a great way to see the sights.
Complex and perfectly balanced
Behind its pale lemon color, Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeot” 2017 presents delicate aromas of lemon, pear, and white peaches alongside notes of vanilla and oak. The palate reflects these flavors and displays hints of smoky flavors. Complex and perfectly balanced, with a long finish, this white wine can be appreciated from now, even though it will age gracefully for another ten to 15 years.
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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Fifteen villages. Two iconic grape varieties. The most honest expression of grape, terroir, and vintage.
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.