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2018 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes"

SKU #1513984 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This small 0.18ha block sits in a hollow close to the RN6 that runs up to Saint Aubin and can be frost prone in years like 2016. In 2018, it's humid soils were a buffer against heat stress, producing a wine that's rich and textured, with fennel and vanilla spice on the nose and a palate that marries honey and tangerine flavours with vivid balancing acidity. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes opens in the glass with scents of citrus oil, white flowers, fresh nutmeg and green apple, framed by a touch of light reduction that dissipates with aeration. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny but precise, with lively acids and a long, mineral finish. I suspect it will become more honeyed and exotic as it ages. As I wrote last year, Niellon's son-in-law, Michel Coutoux, is routinely producing wines of impressively consistent quality and style. Coutoux describes the 2018 vintage as "another Burgundian classic," much the same terms he applied to his excellent 2017s, and this is one address where 2017 and 2018 are more first cousins than distant relations. As readers may remember, house fingerprint here is distinctive, with a touch of toasty oak from Saint-Romain's Tonnellerie Gillet marking each cuvée and the wines dependably distinguishing themselves with lovely texture and concentration. This is a domaine in fine form today, and readers who have fallen out of touch with the wines are advised to reacquaint themselves with this excellent producer. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

91 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Fresh and pale, the nose has laid back white fruit. Starts slowly on the palate but there is a good build up to the back, entirely white fruit, a little acidity."

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