Racy and etched, a more pungently herbal example: tarragon, opal basil. Such intensity to the smoldering acidity this practically vibrates out of the glass and goes sonic. Resonant, ashen, mineral salt finish. This Caillerets leaves a thumbprint. Now – 2018.
A richer, more capacious example than the bottle from Thanksgiving 2012: broader notes of blossom honey and brazil nut. Not oxidized but more development here. A Caillerets of bass notes; its drowning out the minerality at this wine’s core. We have to say we preferred Blain-Gagnard Boudriottes on this night (although the Caillerets is by any measure the better terroir). Drink soon.
Expressive, white-flowery nose. Chassagne herb and a granular minerality. This wine has depth and interest – very absorbing. An almost Chablis-like steeliness, with a very pure, airy core of peachy fruit. A yardstick example of a top tier Chassagne 1er cru blanc, one of real finesse. These should still be going strong for another five years. We have been very happy with the Blain-Gagnard whites over the years; an address worth following. Now – 2018.