2012 Chassagne Montrachet Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere Vincent & Francois Jouard

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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumees “Clos de la Truffiere” comes from a 0.71-hectare parcel on shallow soils, the oldest vines planted in the 1950s. It has a fragrant, rocky bouquet with scents of citrus peel, dried honey and a dash of spice, all gradually unfolding in the glass (indeed, this needs more coaxing than the other crus.) The palate is very harmonious on the entry, smooth with just a hint of viscosity. It builds in the mouth with orange zest and dried mango towards a delicately spiced finish: lemongrass and a touch of fish oil, before fanning out on the persistent finish. This is very composed and just brimming over with flavor. ||You should always appreciate Burgundy winemakers who agree to meet pesky writers like me at 9.00am on a Saturday meeting, when they ought to be lying in bed with a flaky croissant and “Le Monde”. Still, Francois Jouard was there at his winery opposite the church in Chassagne, not far from Pierre-Yves Colin, ready to show me through his 2012. These were picked from 22 September and delivered a decent 30 hectoliters per hectare – still below average but not as bad as some other producers. These were a very respectable set of Chassagne wines that deliver plenty of craftsmanship for the price. I look forward to tasting further vintages. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013

In January 2012, we were introduced to Vincent Jouard in Chassagne Montrachet who works in small, ancient, low cellars across the street from the church in the heart of the village. Historically the majority of Domaine Jouard’s 11 hectare production was sold in barrel to negocients but Vincent is committed to bottling his own wines and to establishing the name of his domaine.His wines are quite frankly brilliant. They are tight and nervy, drenched in mineral and citrus oil and every one of them is notable for their purity and length. New oak is at a minimum. The other VERY notable thing is the price. Vincent’s 1er Crus are priced at barely above most domaines’ villages wines and his Batard is at something like half the price of most estates.

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