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2008 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Blanchot DessusNov. 2011
Full, round and very complex aromas – never a classic wine of Chassagne to me – but super it its own way. Lush and rich yet with excellent acidity and energy. Surely some creamy barrel aspects but the layers of flavour are so compelling. Is there anything missing? Perhaps just a hint of Caillerets minerality; with that, it could have been the best 2008 I tasted at home this year.
2008 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Santenay Clos des TavannesApr. 2011
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a cool yet welcoming range of fruit aromas, perhaps topped with faint violets. Very good flavour that seems quite wide and, with it, a very good persistence. The balance here is just about perfect (for me), tannins only showing themselves if you chew. Lovely wine. As a direct comparison, and as drinkable as this wine is, it falls short of the intensity of the Montrevenots earlier in the week, by comparison seeming more dilute – that doesn’t mean that I like it any less – the aromas improve all the time and are quite a match for the Beaune.
2008 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Blanchot DessusApr. 2011
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!).
2008 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Les CailleretsApr. 2011
Medium-pale lemon yellow. The nose is crystal clear and accented with faint creamy vanilla – very absorbing. Gorgeous balance with an intense core of mineral and fruit that lingers long in the finish. This wine is taking over the evening with a vituoso performance. Lovely
1976 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet 1erApr. 2011
(Blanc) While on the subject of 76s – what about a white(?) There are a few hints of oxidation but it must have been the most volatile component as it soon departs from the glass; what’s left is a little lanolin and white chocolate. Full in the mouth yet with nice enough balance – there even appears to be some tannin. Long,with an impression of some licorice. Bravo!
2009 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs GainApr. 2011
Faint herbs on the nose.. In the mouth there’s a dense impression of flavour that only very slowly decays – yet there is fine if understated acidity. Just a little full today, perhaps because it’s only been in bottle for a few days.
1986 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet MorgeotApr. 2011
(Blanc) Fast-forward ten years. The nose is deeper than than the ’76 – almost woody and a little spicy. In the mouth this is a little softer, but again shows some impression of tannin. Lovely acidity and intensity – it’s a nice acid-leaning, mouth-watering finish which emphasis a flavour of agrumes – captivating.
2009 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet La MaltroieApr. 2011
A tiny amount of sulfur on the nose. In the mouth this both mineral and intense – and has a lovely, lingering acidity. Joyous!
2009 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Blanchot DessusApr. 2011
The nose is a little more generous than the previous wines. In the mouth it’s more complex than the preceding wines with flavour that grows in the mid-palate and is very long lasting.
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