The white wine area of the Côte d'Or. The world's best Chardonnays
spring from Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet
together with Meursault.
We didn't make any appointments with vinters this year, but only tasted
some wine in two wine tasting taverns in Chassagne-Montrachet. The 1997
vintage, concerning the white wine, is not very convincing. Due to low
acidity there is a lack of freshness as well as of deepness, concentration,
finesse and polish. Nevertheless prices rose compared with last year.
Colour almost white. Lemon, soft, low acidity, refreshing.
Bourgogne Chardonnay 1996
Yellos as straw, mineral, plenty acidity, rather sweet, acacia. (53
Colour acacia honey. Acacia, sweet, smooth, honey. Because of low
acidity a bit fat.
Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 1996
Rather pail colour. Quite slim. The bouquet is dominated by acidity.
Peach and apricot. Very elegant. Good, worth the money! (69 FF)
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 1997
Apricot, fruty, pleasant, sweet, complex, tasting a bit like nuts,
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 1997
Bright golden. Smell of wood and aspirin. Plenty of wood in the mouth,
nut-like. (180 FF)
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 1997
Bright yellow like straw. Soft, mineral, fruity. Slightly hot on the
tongue, nut, vanilla and walnut.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 1997
Rich, nut, wood. Rather fat due to low acidity, nevertheless polished
fruit. Quite good. (175 FF)
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