Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$36.99
Mark Faber93 points
Alistair Cooper92 points
Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos".
A bright, elegant expression of white Burgundy - the perfect introduction to the region. Aromas of fresh white flowers, followed by light hints of citrus fruits. Light structured with fresh acidity and a delicious and very approachable finish.
The 2017 vintage of this wine won a GOLD MEDAL at the Concours Général Agricole Paris, one of the most respected and long-running (est. 1860) wine shows in France. In this government run show, almost 3000 judges rate 15,000 wines.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Very attractive nose of cream and butter (from 10 months in 30% new French oak), then nectarine and white peach. Lovely creamy, stonefruit palate with taut citric acidity and a touch of pithy bitterness on the finish from some lees stirring. Touch of honeycomb and malt biscuit gives ot a delicious weight and roundness. Great entry tier wine, and a perfect introduction to the region."
Alistair Cooper MW92
"Ripe fruit showing creamy malolactic honeycomb notes and very well judged oak. Nutty as well as showing ripe fruit and a core of zesty freshness. Really well put together and with a long textured finish, very good indeed."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Located just south of Burgundy, the French wine region of Beaujolais covers an impressive area of 22,000 hectares between Mâcon and Lyon. Although this wine region was famous for being associated with dull, diluted wine in the past, its reputation has since only improved, proving their worth to wine lovers all over the world with their endless variety of wines, ranging from fresh and light to refined and lush wines. 98 percent of the vineyards here are made up of the famous Gamay grapes, with the exception of a small amount of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are used to make white wines. Gamay grapes are known to make luscious red wines that have a light to medium body, moderate tannin, relatively low acidity and contain aromas of berries such as raspberry, tart cherry and cranberry. The region of Beaujolais is home to ten named village Crus: St Amour, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié (a Cru since 1988), Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. When compared to most other Beaujolais wines, the Crus of this region are more concentrated and have much more character and can be kept for up to ten years.
Beaujolais is blessed with a temperate climate and shares its summer weather with the Mediterranean Sea due to its close proximity, but the location is also interior enough to experience cold dry weather from the Northeast. The soil of Beaujolais is an important component in defining the different styles of wines in the region. Towards the south of the town of Villefrance, the soil is made up of sandstone or clay and limestone. In the north, the soils are comprised of granite or crystalline rock on the upper slopes, and in the lower slopes they are made up of stone and clay soils.
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About the brand Chateau de Lachassagne
Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62-hectare property, totally surrounded by a small stone wall, which classifies it as a "Clos" or a single site.
Winemaker, Vigneron and owner Olivier Bosse-Platière is from the village of Lucenay, 3km from the Chateau of Lachassagne, where his parents have a vineyard. After completing an oenology degree in Burgundy, he worked in various great vineyards all around the world through additional training with the OIV (International Organisation of Vines and Wines). He always kept in mind the idea of moving back to Burgundy one day. Finally, the opportunity occurred when the gorgeous Chateau came up for sale, and, with his wife Veronique, he took the vineyard of Lachassagne. Olivier and Veronique make Burgundy with a modern, global eye. They are guided by tradition, but not chained to it. French oak is common, but so is Spanish oak from Rioja. Whole bunch is a factor, but never dominates the reds.
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