Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2017
Joseph Drouhin 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet | 13% | From the renowned vine clad village of Chassagne-Montrachet in the Côte des blancs in the south of the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy and the tranquility of the 2009 vintage, this combines the charm of calm with the verve of Chassagne. Mid slope vineyards ensure the best of every vintage and this is no exception. Fragrant and florid even down to its flavorsome impact on the palate, this is a pure and shining example of not only the angelic power of Chassagne-Montrachet but the clear interpretation when fostered by the hands of Drouhin –an elegant house nonpareil. Despite all its creamy cedar and blossom, verve and texture, the minerality of Chassagne-Montrachet comes through clearly suggesting I have pulled the cork at a lovely time in its development. A deft balance makes quite the impression and perhaps it is for 12 months in (25% new) oak barrels. For table talk, the Drouhins tell us how the name Chassagne comes from "cassanos" a Celtic word used for a place where oak trees grow while the "rachet" means a poor, dry, infertile soil, “a paradox when thinking of the richness of the Chassagne-Montrachet wines!” I can only imagine what this might express on a Fruit or Flower day –such a marvelous wine here and now.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, April 22, 2014 (Leaf)
"A generous and elegant wine. Light golden colour. Intense nose of flower, brioche and candied lemon aromas, evolving towards nuances of grilled hazelnut and spice as the wine matures. On the palate, the wine is straightforward, with a nice texture and finesse. It has a long aftertaste where floral and gingerbread notes dominate".
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
88 Points - "A very ripe nose features notes of resin and yellow orchard fruits that marry into rich and voluminous flavors that possess a textured mouth feel, all wrapped in a finish brimming with extract, indeed to the point that
there is an almost chewy and rustic aspect to the slightly warm finale." 2013+
- Wine Review from Burghound, Issue 42