Chassagne-Montrachet 2004, Domaine Amiot Guy
I mistakenly pulled this wine out of a case in Mitch's cellar thinking it was a white Chassagne. Che sara sara. Tasted at 14 degrees centrigrade in the cellar with no time for aeration and poor lighting from a single incandescent light-bulb... the colour was a bright, appealing, transparent cherry red. The first nose was open offering cherry stones, red currants and a hint of raspberry. After 5 minutes of swilling this evolved to a very clear orange and tangerine citrus nose with a crumble of crystalline fruit/marmalade. The nose peaked on hazelnuts, nut husks and green almonds. On the palate the splendid fresh berry and cherry fruit popped up again supported by the typically potent and ever so slightly coarse Chassagne tannins. Good acidity which will support ageing of 5 years. This wine is already pleasantly evolved on the nose but may go into its shell over the next 18 months. At present a perfect companion for game birds such as pigeon and partridge. Tasted, as I said, in a London cellar, with Mitch and Rodolphe. It was Domaine Amiot Guy's Chassagne-Montrachet 2004 from the lieu-dit "Les Chaumes". More info at: Domaine Amiot.