Vineyard: Steep, hillside slope. Morning sun and very little light in the afternoon. Always the last vineyard to be harvested.
Soil: Clay-limestone - light and rich in fossils
Viticulture: lutte raisonnee
Vinification: Traditional fermentation in barrel
Aging: 12 months in barrel (appx. 30% new)
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru la Romanée is broody and much more taciturn than the Caillerets, which is typical according to Céline. There are limestone scents here, touches of wet granite. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry and then it fans out with lightly honeyed citrus fruit. It remains focused, feels long and tender in the mouth, though perhaps the Caillerets just has the edge apropos complexity. Whatever, you still would not kick this out of bed in the morning.
A beautifully nuanced and highly complex nose offers up notes of ripe white peach, green apple, orange peel and subtle spice hints. There is equally good purity to the rich, focused and notably firm flavors that possess excellent intensity and delineation on the impressively long finale. This is lovely and refined but lacks the same mid palate concentration as the very best here. To be sure this is by no means unduly lean but it does need to flesh out somewhat as it ages. 91/2021+
Pale yellow. Cool aromas of lime, vineyard peach and crushed stone, plus a suggestion of mirabelle. A sweet, plush midweight with a lovely sugar/acid balance and good stony energy to its expressive yellow fruit flavors. This tactile, concentrated wine is better balanced today than the 2014 version. Finishes silky and thick, with a note of white truffle.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet “la Romanée” from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is another brilliant premier cru this year, with all of the elegance and transparency of the very finest whites of the Côte de Beaune very much in evidence on both the nose and palate here. The stunning bouquet is a blend of lemon, apple, hints of the pastry cream to come with bottle age, a stunning base of limestone minerality, lemon blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and laser-like, with a rock solid core, stunning transparency and great length and grip on the very long, racy and energetic finish. Stunning young juice. 2020-2040.