Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Grandes Ruchottes" 2011, Paul Pillot

This vineyard is positioned fairly high up the Côte above the village and at the same altitude as "Les Caillerets". The vines are less than 20 years old and the wine is typically aged in 40% to 50% new oak barrels with maturation in barrel lasting around 12 months. This Chassagne 1er Cru 2011 from Paul Pillot is somewhat closed to start with although there is a dash of honeysuckle that comes through at the end. Much more expressive on the palate, there is white peach, pear, finesse and a ripe fruit softness... imagine pressing your thumb on a ripe apricot. Surprisingly given the argilo-calcaire terroir this is not such a mineral wine. Promises a lot in 2 years time and like the other Paul Pillot wines is very good value. Scores 21-23 / 30 for a Chassagne 1er Cru.

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