We discussed the relative merits of the terroir of Clos St. Jean, and Monsieur Coutoux concurs that this is really a better terroir for red wines than white, but noted that 'in this day and age, it is easier to sell white Clos St. Jean than rouge, which is a pity.' The 2013 Clos St. Jean blanc from the domaine is quite good, as the vines here are now thirty years of age and really into their prime, offering up a fine nose of apple, pear, fruit blossoms, a fine base of soil, a touch of mint and a lovely framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, suave on the attack and vibrant on the backend, with a fine core, crisp acids and a long, complex and energetic finish. This too will drink very well right from the start. (Drink between 2015-2030)
A backdrop of oak toast does not materially detract from the airy but ripe nose that also displays mostly yellow orchard fruit scents along with notes of apple, pear and an appealing floral hint. The textured, saline and solidly concentrated flavors possess a finer mouth feel and a bit more minerality on the equally persistent finish where a hint of bitter lemon appears.
The 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St Jean has a very harmonious bouquet with scents of apricot blossom and white peach: conservative but delineated. This is very feminine, very pretty. The palate is currently showing the new wood a little more than the others 2013s from Niellon, although there is sufficient fruit to absorb that with one or two years in bottle. I will give this the benefit of the doubt. (NM)
A vein of mineral weaves throughout this apple-, lemon- and spice-flavored white. Vivid acidity dominates the finish, leaving a mouthwatering impression and a hint of spice. Best from 2018 through 2025. (BS)
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