Domaine Bachey-Legros, Les Petits Clos Vielles Vignes, 1er Cru Morgeot, AOC 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France, 2015
This wine: lot No. none, so a single bottling run, varietal chardonnay, 14 months on the lees, then aged in oak, 30% of which was new, for an unknown period, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Weavers Wines, £40.94 (12/18)
Consumer tasting note: a mature golden hued Chassagne-Montrachet, with the typical roasted hazelnut and baked apple character of age; full-bodied and smooth, with the high(ish) alcohol and exuberant profile balanced by enough, but not brilliant acidity. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-4 years, but not improve – Wait. No need to decant, chill well to help the acidity, before serving.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of honeyed baked apple, spice, hints of roasted hazelnut, a creamy-buttery edge, hint of anise, dried apple edged with a hint of richer baked pear, stewed nectarine, a hint of caramel, a hint of sweet oak, waxy.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a very low key grip, and a velvety, heading for oily texture, with flavours of baked apple, roasted hazelnut, a hint of the bakery, a hint of oak, a hint of baked stone fruit, a hint of powdered ginger. A long length with a finish of baked apple edged with roasted nuts, and a creamy nuance, with a flutter of oak and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: very good, a well rather than perfectly balanced structure, a touch more acidity would have been better, however this wine with its tertiary profile is for drinking now; a strong intensity throughout, with similar concentration, showing a moderate-high complexity of a tertiary character, with evidence of sensitive use of well-integrated oak and time in bottle (eg dried fruit, ginger, roasted nuts). Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years – well-balanced now with just sufficient acidity – obviously a relatively hot climate/year, fully developed with a tertiary profile, which may deepen a touch with more time.