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This is a premier cru of senior standing, shared amongst some of the finest names in the village. It is located just below the village itself in the heart of the appellation, on deeper soils than some other premiers crus. Its ripe nectarine and peach character capture the spirit of great Chassagne. It is deliciously weighted, generous but balanced.
There is a whiff of the exotic sitting atop the pungent petrol, wood resin and matchstick-scented nose. The sleek and solidly intense middle weight flavors aren't as powerful as those of the Chenevottes but they offer even better delineation as well as slightly better depth on the impressively long finish. Maltroie is rarely this good and this is worth considering. Outstanding. Drink 2025+
Underripe pineapple, lemon and wet stone on the nose. Silky on entry, then fine-grained, very dry and uncompromising in the middle palate, showing rather austere licorice and anise notes. Another wine of modest ripeness but the gripping, slightly salty, lemony finish displays good subtle rising length. Made from 65- and 33-year-old vines.
Bruno’s estate is spread across an impressive 30+ different parcels in Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and St Aubin. From 2016 onwards, his portfolio includes Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Desmoiselles and Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, passed down to him by his father, Michel, who has stepped into retirement (Michel Colin-Deleger’s estate was divided between his two sons, Bruno and Philippe). Bruno’s style blends Burgundy's tell-tale minerality with luxuriant fruit. The wines tend to display generous concentration with vibrant drive. Many have the potential to age beautifully but Bruno’s wines are also notable for their open approachability in youth. His wide range of Chassagne Montrachet premiers crus captures the diverse expression of the appellation.
The white wines of Chassagne Montrachet can be difficult to distinguish from Puligny. At their most typical they are slightly fleshier and more hedonistic, but are often just as mineral and refined making the two almost inseparable. When distinguishable, they offer notes of honeysuckle, lime blossom and honey. Many have become quite approachable when young. It is larger than Puligny with vineyards totalling over 330 hectares. Though it shares both the grand cru vineyards of Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet, it has sole ownership of the miniscule Criots Bâtard Montrachet. Similar to Puligny, Chassagne also grows Pinot Noir, which can be austere when young. A small amount of red Chassagne is also made.