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Didier is the sole producer of red wine from the Bondues vineyard which is an enclave within Les Chenevottes. Bright and cheery with invigorating scents and flavours of red summer fruits, this is honest, vibrant Pinot in an unforced, natural style.
Bright, pure cherry and strawberry fruit give a fine silky texture here. Not a big wine in terms of body, rather a wine of elegance and precision with a beautiful clarity of fruit expression. Not necessarily profound, but this has beautiful immediacy which is immensely satisfying.
The highly talented Jean-Marc Pillot has the skills to coax beautifully ripe, generous flavours from Chassagne-grown Pinot Noir. His Clos St-Jean is packed with dark cherry, damson and Victoria plum flavours which are brought to life by the freshness and opulence that fills the mid-palate. Pure, unadulterated juiciness sweeps to a long and impressive finish. Really delicious – no, more than that – exciting red chassagne.
According to Jean-Marc, the reds of this vintage have the attack of 2003, but with a more balanced palate. This fine example has a nose of classic Pinot Noir fruit, with a hint of spice similar to an autumnal crumble. The seductive texture is added to by ripe yet firm tannins.
Fleshy red cherries with earthy notes entice the nose, whilst the palate is a medley of summer berries and exotic spice. The 60% new oak is well integrated and adds a savoury, smoky richness to the long finish. Impressive stuff, and an excellent reminder that the reputation of Chassagne was built on its reds
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A grand cru in all but name, this has incredible layered complexity, purity of fruit and a long, long, finish. Superb.
Ultra-pure citrus fruits are underpinned with subtle oak. Expressive flavours of greengage and yellow stone fruit are offset with racy acidity and taut minerality. Fine and persistent, this is top class.
A quick glance at a map of Puligny and Chassagne will reveal that Blanchots-Dessus is immediately next to the greatest of all white burgundy sites, Le Montrachet. Why the difference in status? Blanchots-Dessus falls away a few metres from its illustrious neighbour and the aspect is more southerly than its south east-facing big brother. However there is no doubt that this cuvée has class writ large right through to its profound finish. The scents and flavours are alive with floral, citrus, tropical and honeyed notes.
This vineyard is described by winemaker Franck Grux as lying in no mans land, on account of the fact that it does not border any other vineyard sitting alone on the top of the slope. The nose reveals pronounced, bold, ripe fruit, with grapefruit, peach and nectarine notes. Opulent and generous, there is a fine intensity and a well integrated acidity. Very complete and harmonious this reveals terrific finesse for its level.
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