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Expert Picks: Bachey-Legros and Château de la Maltroye

Posted on | March 21, 2016 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15It’s the season of Burgundy pre-release offers, and the 2014 vintage offers us a lot of excitement. However that’s no reason to neglect all the lovely 2013s that have recently arrived in our cellar. I’m especially fond of the ’13 whites, particularly those from Chassagne-Montrachet. Every 2013 Chassagne I’ve tasted thus far has impressed me greatly; the wines show excellent concentration, depth and complexity, and they’re blessed with a gorgeous lush texture and a luxurious mouth-feel. Today I’m pleased to feature two outstanding Chassagne-Montrachet bottlings from 2013, from two producers who should absolutely be on your radar if they aren’t already, Domaine Bachey-Legros and Château de la Maltroye.

Bachey-Legros 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc $39.99

Several years ago we were extremely fortunate to find Bachey-Legros, a tiny Chassagne Montrachet estate that offered some of the greatest values in the Côte de Beaune, yet had no U.S. importer; several vintages later, the wines of Bachey-Legros are a staple here at IWM and consistently sell out fast! The 2013s are beautifully balanced—linear and focused yet round and lush—and they’re incredible now (or later). Christiane Bachey owns and operates this 40-acre estate, which practices non-interventionist agriculture in its Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet vineyards. This Chassagne-Montrachet bursts from the glass with bright and intense aromas of orchard fruits and spring blossoms, with hints of citrus and loads of minerality. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value in Chassagne.

Château de la Maltroye 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée $109.99

Chateau de la Maltroye is a leading producer based in Chassagne-Montrachet, and I love its wines for their balance between power and elegance. Maltroye’s 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanee is an exquisite testament to how delicious Chassagne can be. Highly aromatic, intensely muscular, and supremely balanced, this ‘13 La Romanée is one seriously amazing bottle of wine, approachable when young but capable of extended aging in the proper conditions. Notes of apple, pear and citrus lead the charge, supported by layers of mineral-inflected nuance that unfold in mesmerizing harmony. Strikingly intense and concentrated and with just the slightest touch of toast, this is a Chassagne for the ages.

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