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Domaine Blain Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Boudriotte Premier Cru 2011

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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13.3% ABV
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WS 91
Wine Spectator
A lean and bracing style, with apple, lemon, butterscotch and vanilla flavors. This just needs a little air to coax out the smoke and chalk notes on the aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2022. 60 cases imported.
BH 90
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This offers a similar if slightly less expressive and cooler aromatic profile to that of the Clos St. Jean. There is more size, weight and power to the medium-bodied flavors that don't offer the same degree of minerality but compensate by exhibiting a bit more length. A qualitative choice but note that these are very different wines.
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Domaine Blain Gagnard

Domaine Blain Gagnard

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Domaine Blain Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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The Domaine was created with Claudine, daugther of Jacque Gagnard, marriage in 1980 to Jean Marc Blain. The Domaine consists of parcels of Batard Montrachet and Criots Batard Montrachet, gifts from her grandparents the Delagrange Bachelets in 1978-79. Other wines include red Premier Crus Chassagne Montrachet Clos Saint Jean and Morgeot, white Premier Crus Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot, Boudriotte and Cailleret and red Volnay Premier Cru Chanlin and Pommard La Croix Planet les Combes. In 1999 they received a parcel of Montrachet from Jacques Gagnard. From 2000 on Montrachet from this parcel is made at the Domaine and bottled as Domaine Blain-Gagnard. Beautiful and elegant Burgundies.

Chassagne-Montrachet

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A Côte de Beaune village most famous for its beautifully textured and powerful whites, Chassagne-Montrachet reaches farthest south in the Côte d’Or, save for the village of Santenay. It has three Grands Crus vineyards: Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet overlap with and are (confusingly) shared with the village of Puligny-Montrachet. But Chassagne-Montrachet bears sole ownership of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru.

The beauty doesn’t stop there as the village has a great many outstanding Premiers Crus wines and village level wines. Most famous Premiers Crus vineyards include Les Chenevottes, Clos de la Maltroie, En Cailleret and Les Ruchottes. Also, village level wines offer many lovely examples of what Chassagne-Montrachet has to offer, but at more approachable price points and perhaps less demand of waiting.

The best sites in Chassagne-Montrachet have complex soils of sedimentary rock and limestone (with less marl). Whites, which are by law composed of 100% Chardonnay (as in all classified white Burgundy from Côte d’Or), have steely power, bright and concentrated citrus, stone or tropical fruit characteristics and attractive textures ranging from plush to tactile, grippy and mineral-driven.

There is some fine Pinot noir produced from the village. These wines tend to be high-toned and earthy, with wild herb aromas and suave tannins.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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