Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru

World Class Whites

A blend of several Premiers Cru plots from the 350 hectare Chassagne-Montrachet appellation, predominantly the “Les Macherelles” and “Clos Saint-Jean” terroir, our Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru is famed for its well balanced texture and roundness on the palate. Usually accompanied by notes of butter, dried fruit and vanilla, the first class whites of Chassagne-Montrachet, situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, has some of the best temperature, rainfall, and wind conditions in all of Burgundy thanks in part to the shelter supplied by the unique hill formations surrounding the village.

Varietal: Chardonnay

Our Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Vintages

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2011

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Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2012

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Pure Gold

Boasting a pale golden shine with dancing sparks of lime, this Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2012 is pure opulence for the senses. Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, the soils of Chassagne-Montrachet are composed of well-draining limestone. This geology allows powerful and zingy scents of citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and lemon confit to unite with woody notes. Employing sur-lie maturation for 15 months helps produces its brilliantly balanced texture and roundness on the palate, accompanied by notes of butter, dried fruit, and vanilla. A vibrant and full-bodied blanc, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2012 concludes with a lingering finish bathed in succulent flinty minerality. Try with salmon. Trust us. Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2012 is to be kept in the cellar for at least ten years. Winemaker’s orders.

Small Yield, Big Flavors

An almost devastating start to the season. This vintage would prove to be challenge. The earliest days were the most perilous. A Spring frost and a hail storm in June threatened the blossoming of the buds and the safety of the vines. Intense rainfall between April and July, high humidity levels, fungal diseases, rot and, in particular, mildew were some of the other major disruptions the vintage threw Burgundy’s way. Strange and unpredictable weather was the norm: heatwaves, hail, cold springs, thunderstorms, they all made an appearance. The beginning of August, with dry and warm temperatures, saved the vintage for many winemakers and gave the 2012 vintage the softest of soft tannin textures. Despite a low net yield across many vineyards and appellations, the glorious weather that concluded the season ultimately produced a vintage that is both super-concentrated, highly-delectable and highly-collectable.

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2013

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Pure Gold

Boasting a pale golden shine with dancing sparks of lime, this Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2014 is pure opulence for the senses. Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, the soils of Chassagne-Montrachet are composed of well-draining limestone. This geology allows powerful and zingy scents of citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and lemon confit to unite with woody notes. Employing sur-lie maturation for 15 months helps produces its brilliantly balanced texture and roundness on the palate, accompanied by notes of butter, dried fruit, and vanilla. A vibrant and full-bodied blanc, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2014 concludes with a lingering finish bathed in succulent flinty minerality. Try with salmon. Trust us. Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2014 is to be kept in the cellar for at least ten years. Winemaker’s orders.

Force of Nature

After the small yield, but opulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, intense rainfall delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine envelop and clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, the small vintage has great potential. We should all be thankful.

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2014

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