2013 Domaine Blain Gagnard Le Montrachet Grand Cru
Grand Cru White 750 ml
Tasted: Jun 15, 2015
Note: Blain produces 1 to 2 barrels annually from the Chassagne side
Producer note: The always understated Jean-Marc Blain, like many of his colleagues, noted that 2013 "once again threw everything but the kitchen sink at us. In addition to the lousy flowering we had a severe attack of mildew that required a lot of attention in the vineyards, which in and of itself wasn't the worst but when you add in the constant rain it seriously complicated matters because we couldn't get the machinery into the vines to treat. All of this cost us quite a bit of yield, in fact we were down 25% to 30% in the grands crus and up to 50% elsewhere as there was hail in Volnay and Pommard. Despite all of that the wines are really very good. I love the style as the wines are super refreshing and very terroir." Blain noted that the 2013s were bottled in January, 2014 without fining or filtration. (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, www.diageowines.com, Napa, CA; Majestic Wine Warehouse, www.majestic.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: Here the wonderfully complex nose is almost mute as it only grudgingly reveals notes of white peach, pear, spice hints and very subtle pain grillé. There is excellent size, weight and power to the imposingly-scaled flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a suave mouth feel to the mid-palate that completely coats and stains the palate yet there is ample acid support in evidence that contributes to the linear and explosively long finish. I very much like the balance and about the only nit is a hint of warmth. Note that like the Bâtard this is clearly going to need plenty of bottle age to realize its full, and considerable, potential.