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1996 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos la Truffiere

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January 12, 2003 - $80

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...white peach and floral nose is followed by an explosive, fat, full-bodied and fruit-filled personality. Thick layers of spiced pears, lychee nuts, minerals, gooseberries and sweet new oak are found in this immensely rich wine.

91Stephen Tanzer

Pale green-tinged color. Lime blossom, pineapple and white flowers on the nose; pure and fine. Very intensely flavored, with juicy lime fruit and a strong spine of acidity. Very long, firm aftertaste features a note of truffle.

PRODUCER

Domaine Michel Niellon

Michel Niellon is a 15-acre domain in Chassagne-Montrachet, in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune. It is owned and operated by Michel Niellon, who keeps two very small cellars, one underneath his house. Wine writers often comment on Niellon’s small, cramped cellars and limited vineyard acreage, but, in the words of Clive Coates “small is beautiful in this case.” Niellon makes Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet and Batard Montrachet, and several Premier Cru Chassange-Montrachets.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumees

Les Chaumes is a 19-acre Premier Cru vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune. It is one of 51 Premier Crus in the appellation and it faces east. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Chassagne-Montrachet is a treasure trove for outstanding Premier Cru vineyards. In fact, certain Premiers Crus…often achieve Grand Cru status in quality if not in name.”

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, 1er (Premier) Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.