The 2015 Chassagne Montrachet 1Er Cru Caillerets has a stony, quite austere bouquet at first that needed encouragement from the glass. There is a touch of apricot blossom developing with time though it feels tight-lipped at the moment. The palate is lively with orange zest on the entry, very focused with mineral drive, almost a Chablis-like finish. One of those cases where less is more - watch out for this once in bottle. (NM)
Light, bright yellow. Pure but reticent aromas of peach, spices and crushed stone. Savory, dense and mineral-driven; light on its feet but conveys an impression of serious extract. Very classy, austere Caillerets with a pronounced terroir character for this very warm year. Subtly palate-staining, smooth and very long on the finish. A very classy wine with lovely restrained sweetness and excellent depth. (ST)
A classic Caillerets, with aromas of lemon oil, chalky soil, white flowers and tart pear. The palate is intense, taut and beautifully mineral, with lovely depth and a firm core. Drinking Window 2017 - 2023. (WK)
A distinctly citrus-suffused nose exhibits additional aromas of resin, matchstick and various white-fleshed fruits. There is a much more refined mouth feel to the sleeker and more mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess very good depth on the balanced, dry and lengthy finish. This too is constructed such that it should amply reward mid-term cellaring. *Sweet spot Outstanding* Drink: 2022+
The 2015 Caillerets from the Fontaine family is a brilliant young wine. The bouquet is pure, complex and vibrant, delivering a stellar constellation of apple, pear, lemon zest, beautifully complex base of limestone minerality, a hint of mint and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with laserlike focus, excellent grip and a very long, racy and perfectly balanced finish. Half the vines here were planted in 1960 and the other half a quarter century ago, and the combination of relatively young vines and older vines provides both striking mineral signature and glorious fruit tones. Stunning juice! 2018-2040.
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