The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tete du Clos comes from the highest part of the Morgeot vineyard, the vines planted in 1954. Here, there is a discernable Meursault character that percolates through with grilled walnut and smoke emerging from the glass. (Vincent puts this down to the soil, which bears similarities to that appellation). With time, there is a cheeky scent of aniseed that pops up unexpectedly. The palate is well-balanced with abundant ripe apricot and passion fruit lining the entry, well judged acidity and impressive harmony and focus toward the finish. This is just a delicious Chassagne-Montrachet with class to spare. Drink 2015-2028. (NM)
Pure crushed stone on the nose, with a with an exotic topnote of orange oil. Boasts terrific fruit intensity but is it as refined as the 2013 edition? The concentrated finish leaves an impression of dusty extract. Dancer's is really a distinctive calcaire-driven, higher-altitude version of this sprawling premier cru. He told me that he avoids chaptalization because 'that would erase vintage differences,' which he prizes. (ST)
Once again there is a subtle hint of petrol character to the elegant and airy aromas of white peach, pineapple and spiced pear aromas. There is excellent vibrancy to the delineated and precise medium weight flavors that also brim with palate coating dry extract before concluding in a wonderfully persistent and well-balanced finish. This should drink well after only a few years of bottle age but reward 5 to 7. *Outstanding*
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