France, Chassagne-Montrachet

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.
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  1. Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 'Caillerets' Premier Cru 2013
    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. ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  2. Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet “Caillerets” Premier Cru 2017
    Whiffs of mineral reduction and spiced tea sit atop to the cool and pure aromas of lemon rind, apple and white flowers. There is excellent punch and ample minerality to the beautifully well-detailed flavors that possess outstanding energy that carries ... Learn More
  3. Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2019
    The Colin family is revered throughout Burgundy's Côte de Beaune, with a storied history and penchant for crafting exceptional wines of distinction. Another cuvée that mandates a comparatively early harvest is the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Village, a medium to full-bodied, ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  4. Chateau de Pommard Chassagne-Montrachet 2014
    Rising between 220 and 325 meters above sea level, marly, clay, limestone and pebble-rich soils located in the south end of the Côte de Beaune produce this Chassagne-Montrachet, a fresh and full-bodied Chardonnay bringing the highest expression of the terroir. Alcoholic ... Learn More
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    International Wine and Spirits Challenge
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  5. Joseph Colin Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Caillerets' 2019
    Joseph Colin is honestly in a league of his own in Saint Aubin. Incredible purity and tension in all his whites. A producer to look out for. The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets 1er Cru has a striking nose of red apples, yellow ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  6. Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru "Vide Bourse" 2019
    Another of Chassagne’s lesser-known gems. Picked on the first day of the harvest, along with Vide Bourse, yet the last to be racked, having been slow to finish fermentation. Pale primrose, clearly more backward, still some fermentation aromas, good ... Learn More
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