2015 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne Montrache 1er Cru "Les Ancegnieres"

SKU #1331785 91-94 points Wine Spectator

 At the ripe old age of 88 years, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Enseignères is Colin-Morey's oldest vineyard. Very clean, focused floral and apple flavors are resonant and long. (BS)  (2/2017)

91 points Decanter

 From 90 year old vines situated just below Bâtard-Montrachet, this is an excellent village Chassagne. It opens with a bouquet of poached pear, noble reduction and smoke. On the palate, the wine is ample, concentrated and broad, with nice freshness and tension, and broader shoulders than its St-Aubin siblings. Drinking Window 2018 - 2032.(WK)  (2/2017)

87-90 points Vinous

 (13.4% alcohol; from deep, rich soil below Batard-Montrachet): Bright yellow-green. Very pure, high-pitched aromas of lime and mint. Very rich, fat and slightly warm but with a firmness to its citrus fruit and caraway seed flavors (still a bit of malic acidity remaining?). Comes across as somewhat aggressive following Colin's Saint-Aubin wines. Hard to assess today. Colin normally harvests this vineyard first but not in 2015, as it was raining on the morning of September 1.(ST)  (9/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Top notes of citrus zest and white flowers add a bit of elegance to the mostly white orchard fruit-scented nose. There is once again very fine richness to the rounded, indeed even suave, medium-bodied flavors that possess reasonably good vibrancy though I was a bit surprised by how relatively simple this was as it's usually solidly complex. This of course may well develop more depth but for the moment I did not find it to be at its usual level.  (6/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chassagne Montrachet les Ancegnieres, which was taken from barrel, has a clean and crisp nose that perhaps lacks the "sparkle" of its village cru counterparts in Saint-Aubin. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite brisk and lively with a touch of lemongrass towards the grainy finish. It actually finishes better than it begins, although it needs a tad more persistence in the mouth.(NM)  (4/2017)

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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.