2012 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Tete du Clos"

SKU #1251288 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tete du Clos comes from the highest part of the Morgeot vineyard, the vines planted in 1954. Here, there is a discernable Meursault character that percolates through with grilled walnut and smoke emerging from the glass. (Vincent puts this down to the soil, which bears similarities to that appellation). With time, there is a cheeky scent of aniseed that pops up unexpectedly. The palate is well-balanced with abundant ripe apricot and passion fruit lining the entry, well judged acidity and impressive harmony and focus toward the finish. This is just a delicious Chassagne-Montrachet with class to spare. Drink 2015-2028. (NM)  (2/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pure crushed stone on the nose, with a with an exotic topnote of orange oil. Boasts terrific fruit intensity but is it as refined as the 2013 edition? The concentrated finish leaves an impression of dusty extract. Dancer's is really a distinctive calcaire-driven, higher-altitude version of this sprawling premier cru. He told me that he avoids chaptalization because 'that would erase vintage differences,' which he prizes. (ST)  (9/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is a subtle hint of petrol character to the elegant and airy aromas of white peach, pineapple and spiced pear aromas. There is excellent vibrancy to the delineated and precise medium weight flavors that also brim with palate coating dry extract before concluding in a wonderfully persistent and well-balanced finish. This should drink well after only a few years of bottle age but reward 5 to 7. *Outstanding*  (6/2014)

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- 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.
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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.