A deeply colored, full-bodied wine of depth and intensity with rich white fruit and toasted hazelnut aromas and flavors and a persistent, earthy finish.
Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the five villages that make up the prestigious Côte des Blancs. At altitudes varying from 250 to 350 meters, the vineyards benefit from exposures ranging from east to south and southwest. The wine comes mainly from marly limestone soils, and the three- to four-week fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is then aged on its lees in barrel for 10 months before bottling.
2011 was a very rare vintage that combined the low grape sugars and freshness of a cold year with an unusually early harvest. Early is always a challenge in Burgundy because acidity is crucial to well-structured wine. For the red wines, there was a kind of “tenderness” from the acidity that didn’t accentuate harshness in the tannins. For this reason, even the young 2011 reds are very accessible and tasty. For the whites, some malic acid was kept to obtain the good balance and freshness so important in white wines. Because the level of malic acids was low in the reds but good for the whites, the impact of malolactic had the potential to be huge. In the end, the whites are vibrant and elegant, and are enjoyable even at this young stage. 2011 is interesting because it’s an early vintage without the attributes of one. Overall, ripeness levels were not excessive; grapes were picked at around 12% alcohol. This helped the wines have optimal balance between fresh flavors (a sensation of tension because acidity levels were also low) and alcohol.
An excellent companion to fish, shellfish, veal and poultry, especially in cream sauces. This wine can be enjoyed immediately or within five to eight years of the vintage.