Monday, July 15, 2013

Chassagne-Montrachet 2011, Guy Amiot


As with many Burgundy domaines, the name on the label does not relate to the people making the wine but their progeny. In 1993 Thierry Amiot took over the wine-making from his father Guy, and more recently Thierry's brother Fabrice returned to Chassagne to lead on the commercial front. Whilst the Domaine Guy Amiot does not have a huge brand name the potential is there: the portfolio includes Le Montrachet, eight Chassagne premiers crus and Les Demoiselles in Puligny. The Chassagne 2011 starts on lemon notes with a hint of pine. But its still fairly closed. Reflecting the house style which errs on the side of richness, this Chassagne, matured 30% in new oak barrels, has a rich texture with orange and clear cherry juice flavours. Everything is there for a splendid, full-throttle Chassagne in 2015. Scores 24-27/30 for a Chassagne. Photo shows Chassagne vineyards and the village in July 2013 from the Mont-Rachet hill.      

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