Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru
Jean Noël Gagnard

Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru,



Jean Noël Gagnard, Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, 2010

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Jean Noël Gagnard, Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, 2010

Very concentrated, tense and tight whilst also displaying a very ripe fruit profile. Flavours of nectarine, mandarin and clementine; exotic but blousy, in fact this is very racy indeed with an almost tannic structure. Taut, broad-shouldered, rich and multi-layered.

Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2010 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru from Jean-Noel Gagnard, out of magnum, is quite deep in color, although not premoxed. It has an open bouquet of white flowers, yellow plum and orange pith, nicely defined if just needing a little more mineralité. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, lovely walnut and hazelnut notes rendering it quite Meursault-like, and plenty of weight and concentration toward the finish. I do not estimate this to be a long-term Bâtard, so don’t hesitate to pull the cork soon. Tasted at Sarah Marsh’s 2010 white burgundy tasting in London.
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Jean Noël Gagnard

Jean Noël Gagnard

Jean-Noël has now long since retired, his daughter, Caroline Lestimé, has taken control of the vineyard, cellar and office at Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard since the mid nineties and has recently been joined in this by her husband Hubert. Caroline is producing authentic Chassagne of great quality in way that is respectful both to tradition and the environment. The Domaine’s boundaries encompass some superb vineyards including Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets and Bâtard-Montrachet. The white wines are made in the traditional way, being kept in barrel for at least 18-20 months, only about a quarter of which will be new, and are bottled with only the very lightest of filtrations. They are expressive, impressive Chassagnes that display the complex nuances of their terroir. The estate was certified organic as of the 2014 vintage.

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