2009 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets 1er Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Burghound: 92
White Wine
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"Though ripe and opulent, this white reveals intensity and persistence. Peach, grapefruit and oak spice flavors end with a burst of grapefruit. The toast and spice accents linger. Drink now through 2020." (WS)

"A very mild hint of sulfur still allows the ripe yellow orchard fruit, mineral notes and soft floral hints to shine. The rich, intense, full-bodied and driving medium-bodied flavors possess an abundance of acid-buffering extract that also confers a seductive texture to the strikingly persistent finish. This beauty is impeccably well-balanced and should reward 4 to 6 years of cellar time." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Jean-Marc comes from a family of vignerons and married Claudine Gagnard in 1980 of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange to start cultivating their 14 Acres including Grands Crus Batard-Montrachet, Criots Batard-Montrachet and Montrachet. He stresses the importance of making “vins de garde” meaning wines with sufficient depth and structure to age well. Located in Chassagne-Montrachet, the Domaine produces textbook whites, sharply defined, generally on the richer side, but with a careful balance of constituents that are essential to proper ageing. The reds only use 10-year old white wine oak, in order to enhance finesse rather than adding more harshness with new casks.