France_Burgundy_Cote de Beaune_Chassagne-Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrachet before it gained fame for producing some of the world's greatest whites, it was predominantly a red wine region. Today, Chassagne-Montrachett churns out around 60% white wine, due to worldwide popularity and the fact that white Chassagne is much, much better than red Chassagne. As recently as 1985 over half the vintage inChassagne was red. The 60% threshold was reached with the 1997 harvest. Before the rise in white the poorer vineyards were planted with Gamay and the richer, sturdier ones were planted with Pinot Noir. That is ancient history now as Chardonnay plantings have greatly increased. There is only one vineyard in hassagne-Montrachet that has been traditionally suited for white grapes and that is the great Montrachet, which Chassagne shares with Puligny and where both get their suffixed names. Criots-Batard-Montrachet, the microscopic Grand Cru and Batard-Montrachet also share land with neighboring Puligny. Chassagne is not all Grand Cru white Burgundies that can go for hundreds of dollars.  It also has very fine 1er Cru's which, while expensive ($50-$125), can offer great value, relatively speaking. Morgeot, Chenevottes and En Cailleret are some of the top 1er Cru's to name abut a few. The character of Chassagne is always compared to its neighbor Puligny and the main difference is the Chassagne whites are more fuller-bodied and have wonderful mineral character and are a touch less elegant. But, after 10-15 years or so, they develop a most interesting character that will please the patient wine lover.Most red Chassagnes are simple wines more akin to Santenay than to Volnay or Pommard. Despite the fact that the soil in Chassagne (limestone marl) is better suited for Pinot Noir, they are generally poor values. There is a trend to vinify them differently now to preserve their delicate fruit.

Notable Recent Vintages for Chassagne-Montrachet include: 2010, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991, 1990

Top producers of Chassagne-Montrachet include:
  • Henri Germain
  • Marc Morey
  • Ramonet
  • Bouchard Pere & Fils (Montrachet especially)
  • Drouhin (Montrachet especially)
  • Henri Boillot (Outrageous Grand Cru's here, especially Montrachet)
  • Domiane d'Auvenay (Criots-Batard-Montrachet here is tops)
  • Roger Belland (Criots-Batard-Montrachet only!)
  • Louis Jadot 
  • Comtes Lafon (Insane Montrachet)
  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (Montrachet!)
  • Michel Niellon
  • Fontaine-Gagnard
  • Pierre-Yves Colin Morey
  • Jean-Noel Gagnard
  • Jean-Marc Morey (super Batard-Montrachet)
  • Domaine Hubert et Olivier Lamy (Killer Criots-Batard-Montrachet)
  • Vincent Dancer
  • Phillipe Colin
  • Chateau de Maltroye
  • Paul Pillot
  • Colin-Deleger
  • Marc Colin
  • Bernard Morey
  • Henri Prudhon
  • Morey-Coffinet
  • Domaine Fernand et Laurent Pillot
  • Domaine Guy et Thierry Amiot
  • Domaine François et Vincent Jouard
  • Domaine Lamy-Pillot
  • Maison Benjamin Leroux
  • Pierre André au Château de Corton André
  • Domaine Bernard Moreau
  • Domaine Bruno Colin
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