2019 Chassagne-Montrachet, Domaine de Montille, Burgundy

2019 Chassagne-Montrachet, Domaine de Montille, Burgundy

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2019 Chassagne-Montrachet, Domaine de Montille, Burgundy

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Mostly from the Houillères lieu-dit on the boundary with Puligny, this is always a rather flamboyant example: it’s creamy and rich, with notes of melon and mango. In 2019, it adds a resounding amount of body and texture. Paired with Champ Derrière, in front of the château, there’s more raciness. This is a very positive and expressive example. Drink 2022-2028. 

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Jasper Morris MW88-90/100
From Les Houillères and Champ Derrière. Mid yellow with some weight of plummy fruit on the nose, backed by the palate. Sunshine with morning freshness behind, decent flesh in the middle and some length.
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous88-90/100
The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Village comes from two climats populated with 45-plus-year-old vines that are close to Puligny, which explains the green apple and wet limestone aromatics. The palate is crisp and taut, very linear and focused. A twist of sour lemon toward the malic finish extends the length. Good energy here.
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About this WINE

Domaine de Montille

Domaine de Montille

The De Montille family has long been a venerable one in Burgundy, though Domaine de Montille’s reputation was properly established in 1947: prominent Dijon lawyer Hubert de Montille inherited 2.5 hectares in Volnay, later adding further parcels in Volnay, Pommard and Puligny. Hubert’s style was famously austere: low alcohol, high tannin and sublime in maturity.

His son, Etienne, joined him from ’83 to ’89 before becoming the senior winemaker, taking sole charge from ’95. Etienne also managed Château de Puligny-Montrachet from ’01; he bought it, with investors, in ’12.

The two estates were separate until ’17, when the government decreed that any wine estate bearing an appellation name could no longer offer wine from outside that appellation.

The solution was to absorb the château estate into De Montille – the amalgamated portfolio is now one of the finest in the Côte d’Or.

Etienne converted the estate to organics in ‘95, and to biodynamics in 2005, making the house style more generous and open, focusing on the use of whole bunches for the reds.

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Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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