Chassagne-Montrachet ChenevottesPremier Cru
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Site: located in the South of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the villages, together with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, making up the celebrated "Côte des blancs" (the slope of the "whites"). Chassagne-Montrachet Chenevottes stretches central-east of Chassagne-Montrachet, not far from the Montrachet.
History & tradition: the name comes from "cassanos", a Celtic word used for a place where oak trees grow; "rachet" means a poor, dry, infertile soil, a paradox when thinking of the richness of the Chassagne-Montrachet wines!
Soil: complex soil, made up of marl, limestone, yellow or red clay, scree and gravel; these soils are mostly light and easy to cultivate; they are located on a mild slope, with good exposure.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 52hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
No yeasts or enzymes are used. The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 12 months.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Tasting Chassagne-Montrachet Chenevottes is always an outstanding event. The wine is extremely bright with a light golden colour. Its aromas are neat, intense, elegant, bearing individual characteristics: hawthorn, apricot, a light fragrance of Virginia tabacco and, after a few years maturing, some hints of grilled dried fruit and fine spice. On the palate, the wine delivers fresh and silky impressions with long lasting flavours lingering a long time in the aftertaste".
2014 is a seductive vintage, quite similar to 2012 and 2010. In Côte de Beaune they offer more richness. They are now evolving slowly.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 4 to 15 years.