Chassagne Montrachet, Les Petits Clos, 1er Cru, 2014

  Jean Noel Gagnard

Here the emphasis is on stony citrus notes, more reserved and linear than the Chenevottes with impressive verve and shape. The poor soils of this site are reflected in the leaner more stony character of Petit Clos. Morgeot is a big vineyard that has the propensity to make very full and sometimes dull and heavy wines, however Caroline's parcel is from the higher part of the Morgeot on a slope where the wines show more finesse and distinction, this parcel is called Les Petits Clos, which will now be used on the label from the 2011 vintage onwards. Bordering the Santenay road in the lieu-dit (named place) "Les Petits Clos" consists of white clay soil with limestone outcrops and has a good south-east exposure. Ageing is in 30% new oak for 18 months.

Contains Sulphites.

About Jean Noel Gagnard

Although Jean-Noël has officially retired, he always seems to find some work that needs to be done in the cellar whenever we visit! However it is his daughter, Caroline Lestimé, who takes control of vineyard, cellar and office at Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard. There can be no doubt that Jean-Noël is proud of a daughter who is producing Chassagne of such outstanding quality. The Domaine’s boundary encompasses 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 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.

Appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet

A village and appellation at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune covering over 300 hectares, that is now widely acclaimed for its white wines, though was once very much a red wine village. Plantings of Pinot Noir are still relatively high when compared to Puligny or Meursault, however it is the white wines that enjoy international acclaim. Within the commune sit part of Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards as well as Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru in its entirety. There are a total of 51 Premier Crus vineyards, though many of these are part other larger, better known vineyards and carry that name on the label, Morgeot being a good example of this. The wines are plump and racy, less elegant and refined than Puligny, full bodied but less fat and more vitality than a Meursault.