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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.


Marc Colin
Aligoté 1997
Colour almost white. Lemon, soft, low acidity, refreshing.

Bernard Morey
Bourgogne Chardonnay 1996
Yellos as straw, mineral, plenty acidity, rather sweet, acacia. (53 FF)

Mercurey 1997
Colour acacia honey. Acacia, sweet, smooth, honey. Because of low acidity a bit fat.

Vincent Girardin
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)

Jean-Marc Pillot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 1997
Apricot, fruty, pleasant, sweet, complex, tasting a bit like nuts, quite good.

Michel Coutoux
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 1997
Bright golden. Smell of wood and aspirin. Plenty of wood in the mouth, nut-like. (180 FF)

Marc Morey
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 1997
Bright yellow like straw. Soft, mineral, fruity. Slightly hot on the tongue, nut, vanilla and walnut.

Marc Morey
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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