2015 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos Saint Jean"

SKU #1332820 93 points Wine Spectator

 This is plush and laced with peach, apple, oak spice and mineral flavors. Vibrant acidity keeps this focused as the elements play out on the long, green olive–, mineral- and spice-tinged finish. (BS)  (11/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean, like the Champs Gain, was sampled directly from vat and showed the same reduction on the nose. The palate seemed to have a little more bite and acidity than the Champs Gain and it showed satisfying tension towards the finish, which conveyed energy that should be respected for the vintage. It is tight-lipped at the moment but there is certainly promise here. (NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Coutoux noted that this was the last wine bottled and not surprisingly there was enough residual sulfur still present to largely suppress the underlying fruit. The rich, indeed even opulent, medium-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel that carries over to the sappy and delicious finish that is clean and relatively dry thanks once again to the notably citrus-tinged acidity.  (6/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Aromas of pear, menthol and stone are less fruity than most of Niellon's other '15s. Juicy and tight on the palate, showing excellent cut to its lemon, pear and wet stone flavors. Finishes with a firm edge and good lift. (ST)  (9/2017)

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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.