2008 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet

Year: 2008
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Vinous Media: 87
Burghound: 88
Red Wine
Price :
$44.95
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"($57) Exotic aromas of pear and honey. Sweet and very ripe, but with balancing acidity that borders on aggressive. There's strong fruit here, but more power than elegance. Finishes with some alcoholic warmth." (IWC)

"Almost invisible wood frames extremely fresh and bright orchard fruit and lemon peel aromas that are nuanced by hints of rosemary oil and earth, both of which are reflected by the rich, generous and plump middle weight flavors that possess fine cut and balance on the acceptably persistent finish." (BH)

ELEGANT, APPEALING $45 WHITE BURGUNDY 2008 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET, Est. CHATEAU DE LA MALTROYE

Before trying this ’08 I admit I was a bit skeptical as the wine has only a village appellation... Then I tried this remarkably fresh, zesty, delectate in the best sense of that word and elegant ’08 Chardonnay and I was most impressed by this wines intense citrus character, particularly of bright fresh squeezed lemons and lemon peel along with hints of pineapple and fresh herbs and concluding with an appealing minerally/flinty character. Attributes you expect in many a top quality Chardonnay. There is only a touch of oak in the wine, allowing the delicacy found in Chardonnay to come though unencumbered.

Enjoyable now the wine will even gain with another couple of years aging and keep well for a decade.

RATING: 92

PRICE: $44.95 **bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Built in the 18th Century; the Chateau de la Maltroye is a wonderfully restored bourgeois house situated in Chassagne Montrachet. The only parallels in Burgundy to a house of such grandeur, which is immaculately and artistically presented, would be the 'statement' headquarters of Jadot or Bouchard. The current owner is Jean-Pierre Cornut, who runs the domaine with his son Jean Pierre. The domaine covers around 15 hectares; of which 40% of the vines are red Pinot Noir and the rest mostly Chardonnay. Each year there is enough for two barrels only of Batard Montrachet Grand Cru whilst there are 10 different Premier Crus whites; including La Dent de Chien, La Romanee, Grand Ruchottes, Maltroie Cretes, Clos de la Maltroye (red and white), Macharelle, Chevenottes and Baudine. The top wines are well-oaked, usually 100% for the Batard and sometimes also for La Dent de Chien and La Romanee. This is not the strong 'toasty' type of oak, rather the body-building, smoothing of edges type of wood. These are wines of great depth from a traditional domaine which produces a large range of wines that are never short of quality.