Chassagne Montrachet White Case
May/June 2003

4 btls Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées 2001, Domaine Bernard Morey, 34 €
3 btls Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 1998, Bouchard Père & Fils, 44 €
4 btls Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2000, Domaine Bachelet Ramonet, 28 €
1 btl Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 1999, Domaine Bachelet Ramonet, 65 €

Total Case : 445 € without shipping

Please note the modified quantity of each wine for this case (4-3-4-1). If you are interested in a traditional case of 3 bottles of each wine, this can be ordered on the order page or just by sending us an e-mail. The cost of a traditional case of the above wines is 513 € without shipping.

Chassagne-Montrachet is southern most of the trio of legendary white-wine producing villages of the Côte d’Or along with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. But what many people don’t often realise is that Chassagne produces 48% red wines and as recently as the 1970 there was much more pinot noir planted in the village than chardonnay. This change began in the 70s due to huge demand from export markets (USA leading the pack) for white Burgundy. As prices increased for white wines and winemakers were having trouble selling their reds, the market forces convinced the locals to pull up their pinot vines and replace them with chardonnay. There are still some excellent red wines produced in the village, often compared to some of the powerful villages of the Côte de Nuits – but that is for a future mixed case! For now we will look at 3 excellent 1er cru white wines from Chassagne and a grand cru which comes from the “holy grail” of chardonnay, one of the Montrachet fields shared between Puligny & Chassange Montrachet.

Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées 2001, Domaine Bernard Morey

The Moreys are one of the most important wine-making dynasties in Chassagne Montrachet. Bernard’s father, Albert, retired in 1981 and split the estate between his two sons, Bernard and Jean-Marc. Bernard today runs his independent estate of almost 12 hectares (30 acres).

Bernard Morey was one of the first estates to start a combined activity of making wine from fields they own (estate-bottled) as well as purchasing grapes or must from other owners in order to produce more wine (négociant éleveur). This is a common practice in much of Burgundy today, but particularly in Chassagne & Puligny due to the fact that there is no land available for sale, or the once in a very long while if land can be purchased the cost is prohibitive. The key to successfully combining the two activities is to be as demanding with purchased grapes as you are with your own. This is truly the case at Domaine Bernard Morey.

His wine-making techniques are traditional with total barrel ageing of 11 months, including their fermentation in barrels, fining, filtering and bottling. While the white wines are in the barrels Bernard likes frequent batonnage (stirring up the lees or sediment at the bottom of the barrel to make wines thicker or “fatter”) and uses only natural yeasts.

Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 1998, Bouchard Père & Fils

We are pleased to bring you one of the great white wines from Bouchard Père & Fils. The winery continues to improve and impress through its re-investment in quality and respect of “terroir”. The example we have chosen for this case gives intense aromas and have a slightly toasted nose. The taste is full-bodied with a long, silky finish and impressive length. Good ageing potential, but can be drunk over the next few years.
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2000, Domaine Bachelet Ramonet

We have the opportunity to welcome another new estate to the Burgundy Online family with Bachelet Ramonet. They own an impressive 13 hectares (32.5 acres) including some of the most impressive premier and grand crus in Chassagne Montrachet. This family run estate keeps everything as simple as possible, with traditional wine-making techniques and a long barrel-ageing for white wines at 15 months. Approximately one third of the oak is new each year.

Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 1999, Domaine Bachelet Ramonet Average US retail price $115 - Burgundy Online price 65 €.

92 Points Burghound: 'Notes of honeysuckle and white peaches with the same incredible intensity as displayed by the La Romanée. Medium weight flavors of excellent distinction that offer both finesse and detail with fine length. A very impressive Bienvenues and certainly of grand cru quality’.

Bienvenues-Bâtard Montrachet is a small section of land inside the Bâtard Montrachet field. The common aromas found in Bienvenues are honey or honeysuckle. The wine itself is thick yet elegant, soft and feminine where other Montrachet fields will be more masculine. Seductive and enchanting!

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