2006 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot- Les Fairendes" Blanc (375ml) (Previously $38)

SKU #1135236 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very ripe nose of orchard fruit, earth and spicy floral notes merges into rich, frank, direct and relatively powerful flavors that are not quite as complex but attractive in their own right as the muscle and punch here are impressive. Drink 2011+.  (7/ 2008)

K&L Notes

From Burghound: "Jean-Marc Pillot noted that 'just like 2005, 2006 was a very small harvest. In 2005 it was because of the severe hail storm that hit Santenay and much of Chassagne and in 2006 it was the severe sorting that was required. Our net yields were only between 25 and 35 hl/ha, which for the appellations that we work with isn't much. Except for the fact that I destemmed 100% in 2006, I pretty much did a normal vinification as we obtained excellent ripeness levels and there was essentially no chaptalization.' Pillot noted that he believes that his sorting work was sufficiently thorough that the wines fell naturally brilliant and thus will not need to be filtered. And while the Pillot 2005s were excellent, if one considers the performance within the vintage then the clear conclusion is that Pillot excelled in 2006." (04/2008)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.