2017 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Duc de Magenta 1er Cru

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91-93+
Vinous Media: 92-94
Burghound: 89-92
Wine Enthusiast: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle (Domaine du Duc de Magenta) unfurls in the glass with aromas of fresh peach, buttered apples, almond paste and honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and concentrated, with bright acids, impressive energy and tension and a long, tangy finish. This is another white well worth seeking out.

Jadot's Frédéric Barnier is pleased with his 2017 portfolio. It's a good white vintage, he says, neither over nor underripe, and in some instances—as is the norm at this address—malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain additional freshness. The reds, he says, have gained immensely with élevage, taking on depth and dimension that they initially seemed to lack after their comparatively precocious malolactic fermentations concluded. Winemaking here is something of a constant: destemmed grapes, wooden fermentation vessels with minimal temperature control and punching down, long cuvaisons and maturation in oak barrels—of which one-third are new, one-third are once-used and one-third are twice-used. Whites are direct pressed, fermented and matured in barrels. The result is a long-lived, muscular style that ages very well indeed, and there is no doubt that this is one of the finest négociant houses—not just in terms of quality, but also in terms of consistency. My notes parse the portfolio, identifying particular high points, but even taken as a whole Barnier and his team have every right to be pleased with a very good 2017 collection in both red and white. Some of Jadot's successful 2016s are also revisited here, with more to come in the near future. Readers will also note that the different domaine sources and maison wines are now more clearly distinguished in the Wine Advocate's database nomenclature." (WA)

"The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle – a monopole of the domaine, released as usual under the Duc de Magenta label – has an attractive white peach and white-chocolate-tinged bouquet that gains intensity with aeration, displaying impressive definition and vigor. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, more complex than the Abbaye de Morgeot and more nuanced toward the poised, mineral-driven finish. The slight nuttiness on the aftertaste completes a very impressive Chassagne. (DIAM GC closure)" (VM)

"This is aromatically similar to the Embazées but more floral-inflected. However, as is typically the case there is notably more size, weight a muscle to the larger-scaled if less mineral-inflected flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the powerful finale. This isn't elegant but it is impressive in its fashion." (BH)

"While wood aging shows on the nose, the palate of this wine is more about generous fruit and intense acidity. Freshness is balanced by the mineral texture and the almost tannic character of the fruits. The wine will need some time, so drink from 2023. -Roger Voss" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the five villages of the Côte de Blancs. Premier Cru vineyards face east and southeast, and the Chardonnay grapes are grown in soils of brown clay and limestone. Morgeot is among the top handful of Premier Cru vineyards in the commune; Clos de la Chapelle is an enclosed monopole on the site of an old chapel. The Chardonnay grapes are fermented in oak barrels, and then the wine is barrel matured for 12 to 15 months.