DOMAINE BLAIN-GAGNARD CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 'CAILLERETS' PREMIER CRU 2013

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Allen Meadows
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The Wine Advocate
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BGCH201312 UCAU
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This is one of the finest white Burgundy estates, where the wine-making involves minimal interventions. It is run by Jean-Marc Blain and his wife Claudine, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard-Delagrange. The family owns some of the village’s greatest hillsides. New oak barrels are never used to excess, being subtly spread amongst the different cuvées, so that spicy oakiness is never perceptible here. Blain is also prudent with stirring-up of the lees (known as bâtonnage) which, if used to excess, may result in heavy wines which taste mealy. Here, on the contrary, the finished wines have great purity of fruit, with balanced acidity and long, clean flavours which clearly evoke the wines’ precise origins.
This is one of the finest white Burgundy estates, where the wine-making involves minimal interventions. It is run by Jean-Marc Blain and his wife Claudine, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard-Delagrange. The family owns some of the village’s greatest hillsides. New oak barrels are never used to excess, being subtly spread amongst the different cuvées, so that spicy oakiness is never perceptible here. Blain is also prudent with stirring-up of the lees (known as bâtonnage) which, if used to excess, may result in heavy wines which taste mealy. Here, on the contrary, the finished wines have great purity of fruit, with balanced acidity and long, clean flavours which clearly evoke the wines’ precise origins.

Scores & Reviews

92 / 100

Allen Meadows

A pungent and relatively cool nose is comprised by notes of a wide variety of citrus elements, orchard fruit, rosemary oil and discreet petrol nuances. The very rich and opulent flavors coat the mouth with dry extract and the intense minerality helps to add lift to the lingering and well-balanced finale. This is sufficiently accessible that it should drink well young but it also has the stuffing to reward 6 to 8 years of cellar time.

93 / 100

The Wine Advocate

The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Caillerets has a captivating chalky bouquet that has one of the best defined aromatics in 2013: this has a razor-sharp focus. The palate has the depth and roundness of the Morgeot, but there is slightly mineralité toward the finish that offers grapefruit, quince and a healthy dash of spice. There’s also that lovely saline ending to finish what is an outstanding Chassagne. Excellent