Just before bottling I had a slight preference for this over the Caillerets of the other day, and much as I still think ‘yum’ I’ve now reversed my preference! This is a wine that stands apart in the JN-G range; although ‘in’ Chassagne it is the least Chassagne-like wine that they have – perhaps because it is next door to Le Montrachet…!
2008 Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Blanchot Dessus
Medium lemon yellow. The nose is clean and gives-up a line of bright, ripe yellow fruit; like the Caillerets accented with faint creamy vanilla – though perhaps with less to hold the attention and saying little to me of Chassagne. Slightly fat texture but with very good acidity bubbling below – it’s certainly richer than the Caillerets but not in a negative sense. I find this tighter than my recollection though there’s a concentrated block of good flavour and intensity in the mid-palate – the flavour lasts long too. Very nice wine indeed but, today at least, it can’t match that precocious Caillerets (of which I think I need more!).
Rebuy – Yes