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After its decimation last year it is good to have this cuvée back again. 20% new oak gives the Chenevottes fruit a luscious, smoky depth. The palate has a tight, agile, pink grapefruit character. This premier cru shows the classical chiselled nature of Chassagne, and it thrives with the zingy, fresh balance of the vintage.
A relatively deeply pitched nose features notes of earth, resin and white orchard fruit aromas, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to merit mentioning. The surprisingly concentrated and powerful broad-shouldered flavors possess plenty of dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the saline, dry and sneaky long finish. I wouldn't exactly call this is a classic example of the vineyard but it is certainly impressive. DRINK 2025+
Discreet aromas of underripe pineapple, white pepper, white flowers and crushed stone. Juicier and tighter than the Vergers, conveying a stronger impression of lemony citricity but less personality. This rather unyielding, backward midweight finishes with a touch of bitterness but good length. Communicates very good definition of terroir but only moderate ripeness.
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.