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Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 2004

April 21, 2007

img_2711.jpgIn Burgundy the vineyard is a very important concept. In the 19th century most villages in the Côte d’Or started to annex the name of their finest grand cru-site. On the 27th of November 1879 the neighbouring villages of Chassagne and Puligny named themselves after Le Montrachet, thus becoming Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Chassagne also shares the grand cru Bâtard-Montrachet with its neighbour and has the sole possession of a third one, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Apart from the importance for names, vineyards are also capable of imposing their own unique character on wines and the concept of terroir is one of Burgundy’s most important features. Site-driven wines are therefore one of the hallmarks for quality Burgundy. From this perspective the Chassagne-Montrachet tasted is maybe different because Jean-Marc Blain likes to blend wines from young and old vineyards – both lieu-dits and premier crus – to get a perfect balance between primary fruit and concentration and richness. It’s not different at all considering the wine is a perfect expression of Chassagne-Montrachet, a lovely blend of stone-fruit, minerals and zesty acid. Only 30% new oak is used and its toasty and smoky influence is enhancing the complexity of the wine rather than overpowering its beautiful subtlety. A good but a little austere wine that should keep well for at least five years. 92 points

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers Price: $98 Drink: Now-2012+