Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru ‘Clos Saint Jean’ Rouge
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (rouge) is wine with weight, richness, and structure thanks to old vines and excellent terroir. It has a deep and complex nose with notes of pepper, earth, cassis, and red and dark berries, with fine tannins and purity of fruit thanks to aging in neutral oak barrels.
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This is one of the finest white Burgundy estates, where the wine-making involves minimal interventions.
It is run by Jean-Marc Blain and his wife Claudine, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard-Delagrange.
The family owns some of the village’s greatest hillsides. New oak barrels are never used to excess, being subtly spread amongst the different cuvées, so that spicy oakiness is never perceptible here. Blain is also prudent with stirring-up of the lees (known as bâtonnage) which, if used to excess, may result in heavy wines which taste mealy.
Here, on the contrary, the finished wines have great purity of fruit, with balanced acidity and long, clean flavours which clearly evoke the wines’ precise origins.