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2004 Chassagne-Montrachet, Premier Cru Morgeot Vigne Blanche– Chateau de la Maltroye
For Jean-Pierre Cornut, the 2004 vintage was like a blend of 2000 and 2002, both highly esteemed for White Burgundy. The former aeronautical engineer explained that the wines have the fruit of 2000, with the precision and balance of 2002: classic, elegant, and very pure. The Premier Cru Morgeot vineyard lies due south of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, ideally placed above the mineral-rich deposits of the Cotes du Beaune. The nose sings of rich, pure yellow fruit, a hint of herb garden, and vanilla spice from what Burghound calls stylish oak treatment. The palate is viscous, and of perfect weight and balance as all the components sing in harmony. There is a hint of nuttiness to wrap around the soft yellow/white fruit, braced by the ever-present zippy acidity, which is felt throughout the finish. This wine is showing its very best at this time, and we expect that to last for a few years.
2005 Beaune, Premier Cru Les Toussaints – Domaine Xavier Monnot
The ebullient Xavier Monnot is quite the character. His presence is youthful and light-hearted; but when it comes to his wines, it’s a whole ‘nother story. He is a hands-on kind of winemaker. He works in the vineyards, overseeing every facet of every vine he grows. His mission is to allow the terroir to present itself. This philosophy makes Xavier extremely cautious when it comes to the use of new oak. His wines are pure and speak of a place. His Premier Cru Toussaints vines are grown on a hilltop near another Premier Cru vineyard, Bressandes. Allen Meadows had this to say about this wine, “A relatively deeply pitched nose features ripe cranberry, raspberry and red currants with warm earth and a background hint of underbrush that is also reflected by the fresh, round and supple medium-bodied flavors that are very Beaune in style as there is a certain generosity to the mid-palate … exceptional length. I like the balance here and this could easily be enjoyed now or cellared for 2 to 5 years.” We heartily agree; enjoy!