Philosophy Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the world’s top references for Chardonnay. Its poor, limestone-rich soils lend the wines assertive minerality and tautness that are complemented by richness and complexity that is developed through ageing and over time. Our Chassagne embodies the expression of these characteristics.
Terroir The appellation consists of 180 hectares of vines, at altitudes of between 220 and 240 metres. Located in the southern Côte de Beaune, it covers a slope whose soil is composed of stony limestone, containing marls or sand depending on the area. This terroir is also renowned for its Pinot Noirs, though is most famous for being the “Golden Triangle” for Chardonnay, delimited by the Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet appellations, which produce the world’s most sought-after white Grand Crus.
Vinfication and ageing The grapes were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. They were pressed slowly and the juices were immediately transferred to casks where, under the influence of indigenous yeasts, they underwent fermentation, which lasted up to 3 months depending on the casks. The wine was barrel aged (20% new oak) on fine lees for 16 months.
Tasting notesGorgeous pale gold in colour with a first nose that is redolent of lemon and citrus, bergamot, mango, white flowers - jasmine in particular - and pollen. Starts off taut and lively on the palate, developing considerable roundness. Flavours of fresh herbs (a hint of chervil and basil) and lime open up to notes of peach and barley sugar, followed by almond cream, hazelnut and nougat. Exceptional freshness and pleasing acidity precede astounding richness and complexity.