An exploration of wine

571. Marc Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Vide-Bourses”, 2006

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Book 4 Wine 571
£30.45; 13.5%

Another en primeur Burgundy purchase, but something of a contrast with Blain Gagnard’s 2005 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru. This one seems representative of the vintage: a touch crisper, fresher and more minerally than the 2005 – yet still complex and elegant and very enjoyable! This wine is superb already, and should develop over the next 5 years, comfortably. Pale gold, with just a hint of green glints. Slightly toasty, but pear, melon and some peach notes, with distinctly leesy aromas. Medium to full bodied, creamy, ripe pear and citrus touches and balanced with refreshing acidity. Touches of chalky minerality. Long. Nice.

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