2012 Chassagne Montrachet Domaine Niellon

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Average critic rating : 86.0 points



A mild touch of reduction suppresses the expressive of the yellow fruited nose somewhat. Otherwise there is reasonably good freshness and verve to the delicious and easy-to-like middle weight flavors that possess acceptable depth and length. This fleshy and very round effort should drink well young. Tasted: Jun 15, 2014. Drink: 2016+



The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet Village has a light, butterscotch-tinged bouquet that is clean and fresh. The palate is a little simple with primal melon and toffee-tinged fruit leading to a rather hollow finish. ||As an admirer of Michel Niellon wines, especially after a divine Chevalier-Montrachet 1986 earlier this year, it is with heavy heart that I have to report that this appears to be one producer unbalanced and compromised by the inclemency of 2012. Hail severely damaged several of their prime vineyards. Batard-Montrachet was reduced down to a nub, while propitious premier crus the calibre of “Chenevottes” was akin to a child being pushed off their bicycle. In Burgundy, I am afraid there are no stabilizers. Still, on September 19 they harvested what they could and bottled everything, including their Chevalier-Montrachet, at the beginning of September. Michel’s son-in-law Michel Coutoux and grandson Mathieu took me through these wines, which seemed to lack the vigor and precision that I found elsewhere and within the domaine’s own wines in previous vintages. I am sure they will be back on form next year. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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