Seductive, ripe aromas of sweet strawberries steeped in liqueur, easy, suave, sensationally smooth, packed with ripe summer and autumn berry fruit, hints of earth and sweet spice. Alluring and moreish.
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.
A village at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, south of Chassagne-Montrachet, producing red wines and less frequently whites. The heavy marl rich and clay soils are suited to producing red wines, which are usually powerful though can tend towards the reustic. The best examples have body, weight and plenty of fruit to cover the sometimes rustic tannins. The best wines are capable of ageing well. The finest vineyards are considered to be the premiers crus La Comme, Clos de Tavannes, and Les Gravières, La Maladière, Clos Rousseau on the far border of Santenay. Vincent Girardin is probably the most famous and prolific Santenay producer.