The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchot-Dessus comes from their small 0.31 hectare parcel of vines. It has a tightly-knit bouquet at the moment, reluctantly revealing oyster shell and granitic scents with aeration. The palate is well balanced, quite elegant and harmonious, gliding across the mouth and finishing in understated style. This should drink well over the next decade. (NM)
Oily peach and orange zest aromas are complicated by crushed-stone minerality and spices. Voluminous and seamless, with harmonious acidity and rocky minerality giving the wine a powerful, tactile impression. Finishes very long and saline, with excellent texture for the year, not to mention very good aging potential. Colin told me he's drinking the 2009 and 2011 Blanchot Dessus now but that the 2010 and 2008 are not yet ready. (ST)
*Sweet Spot, Outstanding* A markedly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional notes of lemon rind, lilac blossom, ripe peach and apricot that are trimmed in subtle oak nuances. There is an almost painful intensity to the full-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that offer exceptional volume and richness before culminating in a saline, citrusy and mouth coating finale. At present this is quite reserved but my sense is that it will open up and become much more accessible after only a few years of bottle age. This too is good stuff and worth checking out.
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