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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, 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!).
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.
2008 Gagnard Jean-Noël, Chassagne-Montrachet Blanchot DessusDec. 2009
The nose has width and concentration though the family nose of the other wines is replaced by a much warmer, creamier, less spicy personality. A little fat texture, very good acidity and lovely, lovely, wide flavours that linger very well. A beautiful wine that you would place as a Chassagne without sight of the label.
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