Grand Cru White 750 ml
Tasted: Jul 01, 2008
Note: from 3 different plots measuring .48 ha in Chassagne with vines planted in ’52, ’77 and ’86
Producer note: Jean-Marc Blain, who has directed this 8 ha domaine since 1980, told me that 2006 is “all about elegance and finesse with a lacy quality to the flavors. I started picking on the 19th of September with the whites and had very good sugars that averaged 13.25% and thus there was no chaptalization. The whites are charming and forward and remind me quite a bit of the 1982’s.” The quality of this group of ’06s is, with only the exception of the Montrachet which is actually better, almost exactly the same as is was in 2005. (Diageo Château and Estate, New York, NY; Majestic Wine, Laytons, John Armit and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, all UK).
Tasting note: A subtle touch of pain grillé frames an expressive nose of primarily ripe yellow orchard fruit and a hint of orange peel dissolves into rich, powerful and tautly muscled flavors that are bigger and more structured than those of the Criots yet somehow slightly finer as well though perhaps slightly less complex. This too is impeccably proportioned. A qualitative choice.