Boillot, H - Chassagne Montrachet Chaumees 2009
Tasting Notes and Scores
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 30/09/2011
The 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees is a beautiful, spherical wine that blossoms on the palate with lovely depth and roundness. The radiance of the vintage comes through in the expressive fruit, yet this remains a relatively understated wine for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.
This is a beautiful set of wines from Henri Boillot’s negociant line. The entry-level wines in particular offer fabulous value. If anything, those are the most interesting wines here. When tasting Burgundy it is tempting to assume that premier crus are better than villages, and grand crus are better than the premiers, but that is often not the case, especially in a warm vintage where lesser sites ripened to a greate extent than is typically possible. Shrewd readers will find many jewels in this lineup, but they won’t be in the most likely places. In 2011 Boillot will have several new wines in his range, including Referts and Combettes. The 2009 villages were bottled in November, while the premier crus were bottled in January 2011.
A smoky ripe orchard fruit infused nose complements equally ripe, fresh, detailed and naturally sweet flavors that offer an agreeable contrast to the notably dry, long and well-detailed finish. Like the Vergelesses, this delicious effort is not particularly refined but it does offer fine depth.