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Domaine Michel Niellon
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The word 'icon' is is nauseatingly over-used these days to describe anyone or anything that is remotely note-worthy or unsual but this tiny domaine is both historic and supremely important in the village of Chassagne and its sparse, no-nonsense label is surely an iconic image in Burgundy. The domaine can trace trace its history back from the current winemaking team of Michel Niellon's son-in-law, Michel Coutoux allied to his grandson Matthieu Bresson, through the 50 vintages that Michel Niellon made himself, to Michel's father Marcel, with whom he started domaine bottling the family's vineyards in the 1960s. At that time, domaine bottling was still relatively unusual, especially for whites from the Cote de Beaune. As a result, the name of Niellon is universally revered and respected throughout the Burgundian winemaking community as a standard bearer and guardian of tradition.
The winemaking remains classic, or traditional, though they have had a reputation for picking early, which is now becoming immensely fashionable. Michel Coutoux has brought the domaine forward, and into a fine new winery. The wines are more consistent than they were under the old man in his later years. While the Chevalier Montrachet remains one of Burgundy's rarest and  most important wines, the lively and delightful quality of the humble village wine makes it an easy recommendation as a go-to and affordable bottle of white Burgundy that shows real class.
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Chassagne Montrachet - $65
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy *** 88 points (yes just 88 points: it's a village wine - how do you fairly score a village wine? - MG) Some of their vines, notably in Masures and Essarts, were particularly hit by the frost. The Niellon village Chassagne shows a pale colour, light fresh aromatics, very attractive fruit and good acidity here, with decent length. Tasted: September 2020

Chassagne Montrachet, Clos de la Maltroie 1er Cru - $89
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy **** 91 points - Picked on 8th September at 13.5% alcohol, with one third new wood, a function of the volume produced. This shows the wood as Maltroie tends to, always a wine, which is a bit in between the fruit and the vinification. Plenty there though and carries the alcohol level well. Tasted: September 2020

Chassagne Montrachet, Clos St Jean 1er Cru - $89
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy **** 92 points
- Pale colour and discreet nose, to begin with, but this is very classy on the palate, a very successful example, made from Rebichets and Clos St-Jean together, with a beautiful balance at the finish, including a mineral thread. Tasted: September 2020


Chassagne Montrachet, Chenevottes 1er Cru - $89
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy **** 93 points - Picked on 11th September at 13.5% alcohol, with 25% new wood. Pale lemon colour, toast, ripe fruit, some weight, good energy. The potential is there. More intensity than expected on the palate, the oak is in balance. Good length here to complete the picture and a little bit of graceful white fruit returns at the finish Tasted: September 2020

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Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru - $595
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy **** 96 points Pale colour, with lightest of green reflections, very discreet in bouquet, but demonstrating an obvious sense of power too. Cool fresh white fruit appears, then at mid palate that there is a lemony lift, a very fine tensile thread throughout, graceful not explosive. Class in a glass! Tasted: September 2020

 

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