2015 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Morgeot 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Burghound: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.3%
Price :
$49.95

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"Black cherry, blackberry and violet notes prevail in this fleshy, velvet-textured red. The firm backbone adds support and the finish echoes dark fruit and earth elements. Best from 2020 through 2032. 97 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"This is quite aromatically similar to the Chassagne villages but with better complexity. The dense, serious and well-constituted medium-bodied flavors coat the palate with sappy dry extract that helps to buffer the firm tannic spine on the impressively deep and persistent if moderately rustic finish. This is very Morgeot in style as it's robust and powerful and should age effortlessly for years. Highly recommended if you enjoy Chassagne reds." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain 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. 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.

About the Vineyard:
Chassagne-Montrachet lies towards the southern end of the Côte de Beaune and is famous for its white wines, although half of its total plantings are in red. In addition to the Grand Crus, Blain-Gagnard’s holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet include two red premier crus and four white premier crus along with small holdings in Volnay and Pommard. The vineyards are farmed by lutte raisonée (“reasoned struggle”).

Wine Production:
In the not-too-distant past, Chassagne-Montrachet produced much more red wine than white. Today, the village still produces around 50% red wine with Morgeot premier cru being one of its best red wine vineyards. Heavier soils and excellent exposure make this an outstanding climat for Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes:
Morgeot premier cru rouge is a wine with weight, richness, and structure thanks to old vines planted between 1949 and 1991. It has a deep and complex nose with notes of pepper, earth, cassis, and red and dark berries, with fine tannins and great purity of fruit thanks to aging in neutral oak barrels.

Food Pairing:
Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.