Producer Suzanne Farwell & White Burgundy
2013 Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Chaumees" 1er Cru ($90)
Jean-Noel Gagnard's Les Chaumees 1er Cru comes from the northern part of the Chassagne appellation, giving a fresher more vivacious note to the wine. A very pretty wine, with notes of fresh apples and a superb length. All Gagnard’s wines were showing incredible this year and worth stocking up on.
The richest white Burgundy in the de Villaine stable, this Rully is an exercise in balance. Hazelnut and quince paste greet the nose, followed by a dense mouthful of ripe, succulent yellow fruits. Despite its voluptuousness, the wine is dry, fresh, very stony, and even salty—mouthwateringly delicious. This vintage is magnificent for Les Saint-Jacques, and ample proof of the high quality of terroir in this southern stronghold of Burgundy. The fact that it isn’t premier cru, well, that’s proof of a talented grower, because it sure does taste like it.
2013 Domaine A. et P. de Villaine Rully Blanc Les Saint-Jacques ($36)
2013 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ($60)
This is among the top 10 most highly rated Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot wines (based on critic scores): the 2013 vintage was given a score of 18/20 by Jancis Robinson and the 2012 vintage was given a score of 93 by Wine Spectator. Ranked second for number of awards won among wines from this region: the Guide Hachette des Vins awarded the 1 vintage 1 Star. One of the most expensive white wines from Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot (top 10). The price has been rising over the past three years.