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2009 Ramonet Noel, Chassagne-MontrachetMay. 2011
A good nose of classic Chassagne herbs over a ripe core of fruit. Also quite rich but this easily has more finesse than the bourgogne and a mid-palate density of flavour that grows and grows – lovely.
2009 Bouton Gilles, Chassagne-MontrachetApr. 2011
High-toned aromas lined with herbs. Seems less fresh than the St.Aubins – until you reach the intense mid-palate – super.
2009 Bouton Gilles, Chassagne-MontrachetApr. 2011
Medium-plus colour. A dark note of coal blends with the fruit. The tannins seem squashable making platelets instead of grains – very good acidity releases mouth-watering fruit flavours. The fruit is quite in the ascendant right now.
2009 Moreau Bernard, Chassagne-MontrachetDec. 2010
In bottle one day! An assemblage of a number of parcels including a little 1er cru Champsgains. Aromatically wide if not deep, a little green herb aroma too. Less supple and soft than the St.Aubin, but rounder. The intensity grows and grows with the mid-palate flavour growing in tandem.
2007 Chanson Père et Fils, Chassagne-MontrachetJul. 2010
Medium-pale colour. More understated aromatic width than the Meursault. There is some Chassagne power but it remains quite a linear wine. Enough concentration? I’m not sure, perhaps it’s just the linear presentation but I’m missing a little intensity – so complaints about the finish though – above average for a villages.
2008 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-MontrachetApr. 2010
Like the Puligny, this shows ripe fruit, this time with a hint of brioche. Wider but less silky, yet there’s altogether more energy and overt flavour. Good length, this is super.
2006 Morey Marc, Chassagne-MontrachetDec. 2008
More depth and intensity to the nose – again very pretty. Across your tongue this is much more refined than the bourgogne, also high-toned fruit. This is very nice wine.
2006 Niellon Michel, Chassagne-MontrachetJul. 2008
Medium-pale yellow. The nose is a full dose of medium-toast oak and additional quite savoury notes – if you give it a couple of hours there’s a little baked apple fruit. The taste is concentrated and likewise savoury and initially wood-dominated. Decent acidity pushes the length a little further – and it is long. I’d like my glass to show a little more fruit, but this has the potential to be a good Chassagne, just leave it a couple of years.
2006 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-MontrachetApr. 2008
Also 14° natural. The nose is bright and forward with a faintly estery background. Ripe, nice texture but backed by very good acidity that helps to keep the finish lingering. 25-30% new oak and a good buy.
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