2015 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet

SKU #1332819 90 points Wine Spectator

 An opulent style, this delivers ripe peach, apple pie and baking spice aromas and flavors. Stays fresh and long on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2021. (BS, Web-2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the expressive and slightly riper nose is compositionally similar to that of the Bourgogne but with the addition of a hint of matchstick character. There is impressive richness to the concentrated and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel before culminating in a sappy and persistent finish. This isn't classically styled but it is delicious and a wine that should also drink well early on. Drink: 2019+  (6/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Lifted, a bit funky on the nose but with bags of character. Some hint of decayed honey on the end -- very much artisan! Cleaned itself up in the glass. Lively and dense. Real grip. Well worth £2 more a bottle than the Dom Jean Pascal version!! Rather dangerous wine but fun. Long. 17/20 points. (JR)  (1/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Niellon's 2015 Chassagne Montrachet Village Blanc offers up an attractive nose of yellow stone fruit and nutty new oak, as well as an exotic top note of petrol. On the palate, the wine is rich and full-bodied, with a deep core of fruit, lavish textural gloss and ripe acids. This is a characterful, flavorful rendition of the vintage, firmly stamped by the domaine style. (WK)  (4/2018)


 Pale color. Typical Chassagne aromas of pear and white flowers. Round on entry, then firm in the mid-palate, showing good energy and cut to its perfumed flavors of stone fruits, flowers and wild herbs. Just a touch aggressive on the finish but not overly dry. A solid village wine with good lift. (ST)  (9/2017)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.