Domaine Jean-Marc Blain Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru 2002

Blain-Gagnard Chassagne Caillerets 2002 #7

Blain-Gagnard Chassagne Caillerets 2002 #4

September 2013

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.

March 2013

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.

November 2012

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.

Blain-Gagnard Chassagne Caillerets 2002 #6

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