Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Vergers" 2008, Guy Amiot
This Chassagne premier cru is on the Puligny (north) side of the Chassagne vineyards and is relatively high up the slope which generally means better drainage and lighter top soil. Although the slope of the côte is not as consistent in Chassagne as it is in Puligny creating a lot more opportunity for variation and surprises. Aged in 50% new oak, which is at the upper end of what most producers use in these post-Parker days in Burgundy for a premier cru, this "Vergers" has a wonderful, open bouquet of honey, vanilla and luxury. There is real opulence here from a wine which is full flavoured and giving everything on the palate. There is still fraicheur on the finish and this 2008 reflects the domaine's preference for a rounded more opulent style. Would be perfect with a poulet de bresse avec sauce de foie gras. Scores 23-25/30 for a Chassagne premier cru. Les Vergers is the second vineyard on the right.