Domaine Blain Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Rouge Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
Domaine Blain Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Rouge Premier Cru 2012 Front Label

Domaine Blain Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Rouge Premier Cru 2012

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Winemaker Notes

This wine is sourced from two plots in Morgeot that total 0.50 hectares, one planted in 1964 and one in 1968. These old Pinot Noir vines are rooted in deep, rich, red soils toward the base of the slope, which foster a powerful wine with muscular tannins. The robust structure of this wine-combined with its deep color and rustic, concentrated flavors-requires up to a decade of aging to enable the tannins to soften and the flavors to mature.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot is limited to 2½ barrels this year instead of the usual 7 or 8. It comes from 0.86-hectares of vines, the oldest of which was planted in 1949. It has a superb nose that strides out the glass with ripe blackberry and raspberry scents. Wonderful! The palate is medium-bodied with impressive depth and structure. This is beautifully balanced with great precision and poise from start to finish. I can understand why this was poured at the end of the flight of reds! Excellent. Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points
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Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain (a Sancerrois) married Claudine Gagnard, youngest daughter of Jacques and Marie-Josèphe Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. The couple runs this venerable domaine with the help of their son Marc-Antonin. Jean-Marc Blain and Claudine Gagnard met while they were both studying oenology at Dijon. The estate's vineyards come mainly from grandparents and other relatives of Claudine, along with a few purchases. The vines are planted in Chardonnay (55%) and the rest in pinot noir, with a small parcel of Passetoutgrain. They now control 20.5 acres of vines in Chassagne-Montrachet, including holdings in three grands crus: Le Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, and Criots-Batard-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.

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