2015 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere"

SKU #1332822 93 points Wine Spectator

 A ripe, creamy style, yet with ample acidity framing the apple, lemon, vanilla and baking spice flavors. Balanced and complex, tightening up on the pastry-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. (BS)  (2/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This was quite firmly reduced and I would strongly recommend a thorough aeration if you're going to try a bottle upon release. On the plus side there is a much sleeker mouth feel to the sappy and lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess both excellent concentration and evident power on the impressively intense saliva-inducing finale where the only nit is a hint of warmth. The intensity really builds as the finish sits on the palate and while this isn't an elegant wine, it certainly doesn't lack for character. *Sweet spot Outstanding*  (6/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées displayed an austerity in the same vein as the Maltoie, yet one senses more intention here. Gut instinct says that this just needs bottle age to show what it can do. The palate seems to confirm that. It delivers the energy of the Vergers on the entry, the acidity finely tuned and it gently builds towards an refined, lightly spiced finish that feels very natural, a saline note lingering on the aftertaste. This is a very fine Chassagne-Montrachet that should yield several years of pleasure. (NM)  (12/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Brooding, slightly reduced aromas of pear, menthol and white flowers. Sweeter, suppler and more open-knit than the Vergers; in a fatter, more generous style. Nicely integrated acidity gives shape to this round wine but there's still a touch of finishing bitterness here. This wine, as well as the 2015 Chevalier-Montrachet, was lightly acidified, according to Coutoux. (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.