2013 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Vergers" (Previously $90)

SKU #1291001 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A slightly riper and attractively layered nose features mostly dried yellow orchard fruit scents that include apricot and peach as well as hints of oak. There is impressive volume and excellent mid-palate concentration as the abundant dry extract coats the mouth and imparts a suave texture, all wrapped in a harmonious finish that possesses better depth and length. Good stuff that could be approached young if desired.  (6/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers has a more reticent bouquet than the Maltroie at the moment and it demands more coaxing from the glass, but with encouragement there develops lovely passion fruit and apricot scents, unfolding with each swirl. The palate has a pleasant citrus and orange peel entry. It feels a little more backward compared to Niellon’s other 2013s but there is plenty of weight toward the finish, although I hope it develops more tension with time and therefore it deserved two or three years in bottle. (NM)  (12/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. A major step up in complexity from the village offering, showing a saline nuance to the aromas of orchard fruits and lime. Taut and delineated in the palate, with the pear and lime flavors conveying an impression of dusty extract. The saline finish offers lovely subtle length and grip. This will benefit from time in bottle. (ST)  (9/2015)

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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.