Some of the fruit for this wine comes from
vines in the Premier Cru lieu-dit “Les Morgeot”. The very best
barrels make up the Premier Cru wine and the remainder are used in
the village wine.
In contrast to the 2016 Bourgogne Blanc this wine is a little
reticent and backward – this is never a problem with young White
Burgundy. The pale yellow colour is very clear to the rim of the
There are lemon sorbet notes on the nose with a little stone fruit
and a ‘whiff’ of smoke. In the background the Chassagne character
comes through as a slightly rustic, stone-fruit/apple character.
The front palate shows more fine fruit with a generous fruit-rich
middle palate highlighted by melon and peach with a fine, long
finish. The acid balance is spot-on! It has significant length and a
fine, gently drying finish.
This wine is elegant and satisfying.
It needs a little time in the bottle and it will improve
significantly over the medium term of 5 to 8 years.
Similar colour to the Chassagne-Montrachet. Nose displayed stronger
minerality, with some citrus nuances. The palate was leaner than the
Chassagne-Montrachet, as well as being precise and mineral. Fine
concentration, Clean fruit and quite a long finish. The impression
was that this would fill out after a year or two.
2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot" "Les Petit Clos"
climat is one of the best known and highly regarded Premier Cru’s in
Chassagne-Montrachet. This plot is located in the climat “Les Petits
Clos” in the heart of the appellation.
The rich, red, clay-limestone soils give the wine roundness balanced
by a mineral structure. These vines were planted in 1950. The wine
is aged on lees for 14 months and shows length and suppleness in its
youth but has the structure to age for many years.
This always has the most exotic and enduring aromatics and the
terroir is always evident. It has a pale colour, whilst the aroma
shows a funky, rich, unctuous character of burnt match, lemons,
spices and underlying minerality.
The flavours are highlighted by a lush ripe fruit flavour that is
bound inside a taut, lacey structure that keeps the focus on the
middle palate. The satin texture is one of the highlights of the
wine and the acid structure ensures a lasting, fine and superbly
This wine is built to last for 10
years or beyond but can be consumed immediately for its pure
2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Boudriottoes"
This vineyard is
closer to the village of Chassagne-Montrachet and is near Morgeot
Fairendes (which is a different vineyard to Morgeot). Light lemon
colour with a green tinge, similar to the Morgeot. The nose was
quite elegant and penetrating with well-integrated quality oak,
with some floral notes and a hint of stone fruit. The palate was
slightly leaner than the Morgeot but a very powerful expression of
Chardonnay and with good weight in the mouth. Strong complex
flavours, with fine acidity, concentrated fruit and an ultra-clean
finish. Long after-taste and very good mouthfeel. Both Premier Cru
wines were very fine expressions of Chassagne-Montrachet. The
whites were all very good indeed.
The Maranges appellation was established in 1989 and is immediately
next to Santenay. Maranges produces deeply coloured wines with
aromas of red fruits.
This wine shows exceptional depth of colour for a little-known
appellation. The aroma is a combination of fresh strawberry with
cherry overtones, a little plum, earth and mushroom.
There are lovely fresh berry fruit flavours at the beginning of the
palate and this is supported by overt spices, a hint of ‘funk’.
truffle and sous bois. The flavours persist for a long period of
time and the finish is very racy and fine.
For such a modest provenance this is a seriously good wine for
immediate drinking or medium term cellaring. Great value for money.
2016 Bachey-Legros Santenay “Clos des Hâtes”
Village lieu dit. This
vineyard was planted in 1931. It is on quite deep limestone and clay
soil. Delightful crimson colour with a darker overtone, quite dense.
Scented, spicy nose, which was very enjoyable. Cherries leaping out
of the glass. Velvety mouthfeel, voluminous flavour with sweet red
cherry fruit, underpinned by a firm tannic structure which was very
dry. A long after-taste. Over-delivers, Value for money-wise.
2016 Santenay “La Comme” 1er Cru
“La Comme” adjoins the
border with Chassagne-Montrachet in Bas-Santenay. The vineyard was
planted in 1955.
This wine was a little less dense in colour than the Maranges and
“Clos des Hâtes”, crimson in hue. The nose was more refined and
elegant in contrast with the two previous wines in the line-up. It
was scented, spicy and had high glycerol (legs). It offered ripe
fruit, with a sound supportive acid and tannic structure. Complex
spicy and full. Very good length with an astringent finish.
2016 Santenay 1er Cru “Clos Rousseau” “Les Fourneaux”
“Les Fourneaux” is part of the “Clos Rousseau” Premier Cru
appellation in Santenay. Planted in 1914, these vines are some of
the oldest in the Côte de Beaune. The Legros family treat these
vines with great respect and regard them as their “Grand Cru”.
This has a very dense, brooding red the aroma that is a powerful
amalgam of ripe dark cherries, dense fungal characters and an
alluring spice/funk/sous bois that seems to change and develop from
one small to the next.
The palate is a massive concentration of ripe berry fruits with
distinctive licorice and aniseed overtones plus earth and truffle.
The wine sits in the mouth and releases sensation after sensation of
ripeness, subtlety and complexity.
The finish is long and persistent. A wine to be savoured and enjoyed
over the years!
2014 White Wines
2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay
The Bourgogne Chardonnay is made from grapes harvested from
vines planted in 2000 in Santenay. The vines are on the lower
reaches of the slope. The soil is relatively calcareous for a
regional appellation and it favours mineral notes. Some ageing in
barrels contributes to the roundness of the wine and helps develop
complexity. This is a wine of great freshness with aromas of
flowers and fresh fruits.
With a youthful light yellow hue, there is a touch of green on
the rim. The bouquet has ripe citrus fruits, pears and peach with
a suggestion of grapefruit and apricot. In the background there is
a slight matchstick aroma as well as savoury, spicy notes. There
are layers of spice and peach which are made more complex by a
most appealing mouth feel. There is also an underlying sense of
minerals that give wine the ‘feel’ of Chassagne-Montrachet. This
is a most complex wine for such a humble appellation and is easily
of Village quality. Delicious!
2014 Meursault “Les Grand Charrons”
Meursault is one of the most famous appellations for producing
quintessential wines made from Chardonnay. A number of the village
climats are well known and approach the Premier Crus
in quality. “Les Grand Charrons” is one such climat .
Bachey-Legros has a long lease on this plot and Sam and Léniac
tend the vines with great care. The wine has great concentration
and backbone with a soft mouth feel and great length and depth. A
wine to be
The aroma has hues of lemon and honey showing a classic Meursalt
fragrance. On the palate there is refreshing fruit and notes of
green apple. The palate is firm with excellent length and great
structure. This is a classy climat and it is delicious Meursault
with a well balanced finish and the structure to maintain its fine
fruit, It can be enjoyed now but will cellar well for a number of
The grapes for this village Chassagne-Montrachet are drawn from
the Premier Cru "Morgeot" appellation.
The aroma shows summer fruits - apricot, peach - but also a
slight minerality. On the palate, it shows some citrus elements
but has excellent length and well balanced acidity.
This is an excellent example of this appellation.
The aroma shows summer fruits with a tine of apple. On the
palate, it shows some citrus elements with excellent length, well
balanced acidity and a refreshing finish.
This is a very good representation of a village
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”
The “Morgeot” appellation is one of the best known and highly
regarded Premier Cru’s in Chassagne-Montrachet. This plot is
located in the lieu-dit “Les Petits Clos” in the heart of the
The rich, red, clay-limestone soils give the wine roundness
balanced by a mineral structure. These vines were planted in 1950.
The wine is aged on lees for 14 months and shows length and
suppleness in its youth but has the structure to age for many
This wine has an excellent light yellow colour and a hint of
green on the rim. On the palate, there are sweet summer fruits
evident such as nectarine and peach. It is long and clean on the
palate with well balanced acidity. This is a wine with lots of
life, a most enjoyable "drink now" proposition" but it will served
by cellaring for some years.
This wine is undoubtedly of the highest quality from
this outstanding appellation.