Montagny “La Grande Roche” 1er Cru 2015 & Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeots” 1er Cru 2012
I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations, stay tuned! Check out the March 31, 2017 post for additional pictures.
The appellation of Montagny lies approximately 30 kilometres to the south of Beaune in the rolling folds and hills of the southern part of the Côte Chalonnaise. Montagny is a 100% white wine appellation originating solely from Chardonnay grapes and giving a fresh white wine that is an uncomplicated representation of its parent grape variety. The vineyard of La Grande Roche is quite high up on the hillsides, catching plenty of sunshine which aids the great concentration of flavors in the grapes.
The wines of Chassagne-Montrachet are bold and reminiscent of exotic fruits and Morgeot, which lies mid-slope with a south-easterly exposure, is a perfect example of this style. Morgeot lies on the border between the Côte d’Or and Saone-et-Loire regions, which was a boundary in the Gallo-Roman period. At this time this plot of land was called Morga from the Latin margo which means edge border from which today’s name Morgeot is derived.
Montagny “La Grande Roche” 1er Cru 2015
Aged for about 8 months in stainless steel. Light yellow with complex nose of fruit and spice. On the palate, crisp apple and yeasty mineral tones with a very light touch of citrus. Nice acidity and balance ending with lemon notes. Very Enjoyable, nice value!
Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeot” 1er Cru 2012
Aged for about 10 months in French oak (50% new), medium toasted. Bright yellow with complex aromas of fruit, fresh made toast and sweet spice. On the palate plenty of fruit, mango and apple with some citrus and nutty notes, fresh and delicious with mineral tones on the lingering finish. Very Nice, put a bottle in the cellar for a few years!