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Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint Jean Blanc 1er Cru 2021

A$300.00

Availability
In stock
Volume
750ml
Varieties
Region/Country
Burgundy, France
Rating
91 points

Vintages

2021

Description

Like many growers in the villages of the Côte d'Or, Claudine Blain has the history and traditions of Burgundy in her veins: She is the daughter of Jacques and Josèphe Gagnard and the granddaughter of Edmond Delagrange, and her family maintains the well-established Gagnard-Delagrange property. Claudine and her husband, Jean-Marc Blain, manage the Blain-Gagnard estate. Thirty-five percent of the estate's wine is sold to négociants. The rest of the white wine is put in Alliers oak (about one-third new) and bottled after 14-16 months in cask. The red wines use the same percentage of new oak but age in a cask for 18 months before bottling. Blain believes in mixing wines from vines of different ages to capture the fruit of the younger vines as well as the richness of the older vines. Concentrated, low-yield wines in limited production. Essential burgundies for those who like rich but subtle wines.

Clos Saint-Jean is a Premier Cru vineyard located on the hillside above the streets and houses of Chassagne-Montrachet village. It is planted in both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, making high-quality examples of both. It is the Clos Saint-Jean Premier Cru red wines that are of particular note, displaying rich, ripe characters despite their often lighter colour.

The individual Clos Saint-Jean lieu-dit covers a little over five hectares (12.3 acres) of east-facing Côte d'Or midslope, but the wider site is considered to include Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean (2 hectares/5 acres) along the same slope to the south, with Les Rebichets (5.4 hectares/13 acres) and Les Murées (1.6 hectares/4 acres) below.

Rating

Score
91 points
Review

A slightly riper nose combines notes of white peach, citrus confit and hints of both wood and petrol. The round and caressing middleweight flavors also possess a seductive texture thanks to the abundant sappy dry extract before concluding in clean, dry and balanced finale. This is certainly more powerful though not necessarily better or more interesting than the Puligny villages.

Specifications

Closure
Cork, cage and foil
Serving Temp.
10-12 °C
Alcohol
13.3%
Cellar until
2027
Food pairing
Champagne's versatility shines in its ability to pair elegantly with a wide array of foods, from the briny allure of oysters and delicate flavors of sushi to creamy cheeses, poultry, seafood, salads, Asian cuisine, fried dishes, and even moderately sweet desserts.

Tasting Profile

Palate
Clos Saint-Jean shows aromas and flavors of ripe yellow apple, peach, and lemon. One expects Clos Saint-Jean to be tense and high in acidity given its position on the hill, but it is often quite rich and broad instead. Aging in 30% new Burgundian pièce brings notes of vanilla and toast.

Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint Jean Blanc 1er Cru 2021

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