2006 Jean Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumées 1er Cru

Year: 2006
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Burghound: 90
White Wine
Price :
$39.95
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"Producer note: Caroline L'Estimée reports that 2006 was "a challenging growing season as we had a hot July and cold August and it's hard to believe that we even thought about turning on the heat in the month of August! September though was nigh on perfect and frankly it saved the harvest. The sugars were really quite high and in fact 2006 gave us the highest average sugars that I've ever seen. Yields were relatively generous and certainly higher than in 2005. We began picking on September 21st and there really wasn't much sorting required. I vinified the reds as I usually do with a light fining and filtration before bottling everything but the Bourgogne in December. Overall, 2006 is a pretty vintage in red, built on its fruit and I think they will give much pleasure in their youth. How long they will age I don't know but I'm telling my clients to drink them for their fruit." (A Becky Wasserman Selection - Le Serbet, Beaune, FR sbw@leserbet.com, Ex Cellar, Solvang, CA, Veritas Imports, Beverly Hills, CA and Martin Scott, New York, NY; Farr Vintners, Justerini & Brooks and Georges Barbier, all UK).

Tasting note: A notably more elegant nose features peach, pear and citrus blossom nuanced by subtle spice hints that are picked up by the rich yet fine and precise middle weight flavors that possess good volume and punch plus ample finishing energy on the admirably long finish. This also displays a touch of youthful austerity but I doubt that it will persist for very long. Worth a look." (BH)

DON’T MISS THIS $39.95 SENSATIONAL WHITE PREMIER CRU BURGUNDY 2006 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET LES CHAUMEES PREMIER CRU, Est. Btld. JEAN NOEL GAGNARD

I served this exceptional white Burgundy to my Saturday wine lunch bunch last weekend and it was a real success, praised by all and receiving many com¬ments about what a bargain it was for a high grade estate bottler 1er Cru on special for under $40 (regular price is around $55 to $60). Interestingly, served alongside this wine was a 2006 Chablis Grand Cru that retails at discount dealers for nearly $60. Everyone (including the person who brought the Chablis) felt that this lower priced Chassagne was markedly the superior and more complex wine. Of course, I should mention that the regular price for this wine is around $55, with L.A. Wine Co., having it on special for under $40.

In this elegant, balanced ’06, one finds in the nose apple blossoms and butterscotch and in the taste again creamy butterscotch plus peaches, pears and hints of fresh honey and cardamom like spices. The wine exhibits an excellent acid balance and a long appealing finish. The wine is now at its height, but shows no hint of getting old and will continue as offer fine drinking for another 4 or 5 years.

The Premier Cru Les Chaumes vineyard covers some 18.4 acres with over a dozen different owners, of which one of the best known and respected is that produced from plots belonging to the maker of this wine Jean Noel Gagnard.

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $39.95 ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)