2013 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière"

SKU #1278107 93 points Wine Spectator

 Notes of butterscotch, vanilla and nutmeg accent the apple and lemon flavors in this dense yet harmonious white. Shows power, with defining acidity and a lingering aftertaste of lemon and spice. Best from 2018 through 2026. (BS)  (6/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet spot Outstanding* There is enough reduction present to flatten the fruit and as such I would strongly advise decanting this if you're tempted to try a bottle before it's 5 years of age. There is very good richness to the generous and pure medium-bodied flavors that are blessed with an abundance of dry extract that coats the palate and buffers the firm citrus-infused acid spine on the beautifully long, delineated and intense finish. This is still very primary and I would again suggest that this be left in the cellar for at least 5 years first.  (6/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chaumees has a touch more vivacity and citrus notes compared to the Maltroie alongside. The palate is smooth in the mouth, the acidity well judged and it crescendos toward a very harmonious and lightly honeyed finish that should be very seductive once in bottle. (NM)  (12/2014)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Scented aromas of lemon, pear drop and white flowers. Tactile, penetrating and juicy, showing a light touch to its enticing citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Good material here, and the building finish suggests that this will develop nicely in bottle for at least a few years. (ST)  (9/2014)

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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.