Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos St Jean" 2008, Bachelet-Ramonet
Despite being above the village, fairly high up the Côte most of this lieu-dit is planted with pinot where normally one would expect it to be chardonnay. And this Clos St Jean confirms that pinot is the way to go. Grilled plums, strawberries, some toast. Attractive sweetness on the nose which adds potency and finishes on a gentle licorice aroma. This pinot Clos St Jean has ripe fruit, ripe tannins, cherry and strawberry focused. Balanced, excellent range of fruit layers with a residual sweetness. Splendid stuff and shows how Côte de Beaune reds can benefit from the extra days of sunshine in a cool vintage like 2008.