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Expert Picks: Château de la Maltroye and…Château de la Maltroye!

Posted on | January 19, 2016 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014As a foodie and wine geek, I usually choose wines that make me feel luxurious without breaking the bank. Today I want to share two of my favorite “kitchen” wines from one of the greatest white wine producers in Chassagne-Montrachet, Château de la Maltroye, whose wines easily sit among the very top of the “must-have” list. Called the “Domaine Leflaive of Chassange,” Château Maltroye’s village wines drink like premier crus and its premier crus either rival or surpass the very best made by surrounding competition. In fact, they can even rival the leading grand crus (especially in the case of La Romanée, Grandes Ruchottes and the ultra-rare Dent de Chien bottling).

As excited as I am about the ’13 Burgundy vintage, few domains get me as excited as Château de la Maltroye. Although this domaine’s whites are stunning year in and out, winemaker Jean-Pierre Cornut shows himself to be master of Chassagne especially in 2013, and both his reds and his whites are outstanding. These wines can easily fit any occasion and season, while telling a story of one of the most passionate winemakers in the heart of France.

Château de la Maltroye Chassagne 2013 Clos du Chateau Rouge 1er Cru $54.99

Chassagne Rouge lives in the shadows of the whites but these wines should certainly get more attention as they offer remarkable freshness, complexity and elegance. This premier cru packs a punch and offers bright red fruit and berry character followed by distinct garden herb notes with hints of minerals and game.

Château de la Maltroye 2013 Chassagne Morgeot Blanc VV $79.99

Rich, dense and decadent, this old-vine Chassagne offers bright, crisp flavors of stone fruit, citrus and minerals. There is great weight and depth here, so don’t be shy to decant and experience the wine unfold its beautiful layers over an evening.

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