White Burgundy Bliss
Domaine Blain Gagnard makes wines of style, class and breed. The excellent vineyard holdings, very old vines and a minimalist approach to wine making work in concert to create some of the most masterful Chassagne Montrachet wines. But finding these wines can be difficult. I am happy to offer a selection of the highly rated 2014 Vintage. The notes supplied are from Barrel Samples but my recent tasting reveals that the wines have indeed gone beyond initial expectations. If you love White Burgundy, do not miss these wines.
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Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain (a Sancerrois) married Claudine Gagnard, youngest daughter of Jacques and Marie-Josèphe Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. The couple runs this venerable domaine with the help of their son Marc-Antonin. Jean-Marc Blain and Claudine Gagnard met while they were both studying oenology at Dijon. The estate’s vineyards come mainly from grandparents and other relatives of Claudine, along with a few purchases. The vines are planted in Chardonnay (55%) and the rest in pinot noir, with a small parcel of Passetoutgrain. They now control 20.5 acres of vines in Chassagne-Montrachet, including holdings in three grands crus: Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.
MIX & MATCH to try them all!
*2014 Chassagne Montrachet Boudriotte 1er Cru
$56.75btl/$681.00 per case
(Burg Hound 91)
A mild touch of reduction is present on the otherwise ripe peach, pear and rosemary resin aromas though it’s not enough to dominate them. There is exceptionally good richness and mid-palate density to the broad-shouldered flavors thanks to the abundant amount of dry extract that buffers the perfectly well-integrated supporting acidity that shapes the dry, clean and almost salty finish. Fine quality here.
Chassagne-Montrachet La Boudriotte 1er Cru is located on the grounds of the Morgeot Abbey and is technically a subsection of Morgeot. Boudriotte itself is made up of six individual lieux-dits, all of which may also be bottled as Morgeot 1er Cru. The vineyard lies on a gentle slope of gravel, clay, and limestone, from vines planted between 1932 and 1969.
*2014 Chassagne Montrachet Cailleret 1er Cru
$60.75btl/$729.00 per case
(Burg Hound 92) “OUTSTANDING”
A wonderfully expressive and aromatically dense nose features notes of petrol, white and yellow orchard fruit and in particular apple and apricot. There is excellent volume to the seductively textured medium weight flavors that exude plenty of minerality that adds lift to the succulent, balanced and impressively persistent bitter lemon-tinged finish that goes on and on. Good stuff.
Les Caillerets is located at the southern end of the village and sits above Les Champs Gain at an elevation between 250 and 280 meters. The name “Caillerets” refers to the chalky soil found here which contributes to the elegance and finesse typical of wines from this site, and is from vines planted between 1954 and 1987.
*2014 Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er Cru
$56.75btl/$681.00 per case
(Burg Hound 91)
Here too there is a distinct petrol element adding breadth to the citrus and white peach scents that are nuanced by the addition of floral hints. There is good punch to the very rich, round and delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine volume and complexity on the refreshing, balanced and linear finale. Some patience will be required to allow this beauty to further flesh out.
Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint-Jean 1er Cru is located above the village of Chassagne and just beneath a large limestone quarry making for a charming vineyard with a good view of the village below. This was once an important source for red wine but today Pinot Noir accounts for only a small portion of the vineyard.
*2014 Chassagne Montarchet Morgeot 1er Cru
(Burg Hound 90)
A slightly riper nose offers up notes of apricot, pear, apple, lemon peel and soft floral nuances. There is a bit more volume to the lush but evidently powerful medium weight plus-sized flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the borderline rustic finale. Note that this big-bodied effort could be enjoyed young if desired.
In the not-too-distant past, Chassagne-Montrachet produced much more red wine than white. Today, the village still produces around 50% red wine and Morgeot continues to be a very fine source for red Burgundy. White wines from the heavier soils of Morgeot tend to be rich, weighty, and generous with fruit, a premier cru that can be enjoyed young.