Chassagne Benchmark - Don't Miss Value:
2014 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Crus: Clos St. Jean, Clos de la Maltroie & Les Chaumées - Clos de la Truffière

Posted by Ian McFadden

Along with Ramonet, Domaine Michel Niellon has long stood as Chassagne's benchmark.

There's no way around the fact that Niellon's Chevalier and Bâtard are heavy hitters. They are among the most epic white Burgundies around.

For me, though, the smart money is on Niellon's 1er Crus. It's really difficult to think of another time-tested Burgundy producer who delivers this much value. When you hit a great vintage like 2014, what Niellon's 1er Crus offer is simply crazy. It's a special moment when value, quality and breeding intersect in such a profound way.

Niellon's signature is a combination of weight, depth and saturating presence on the palate, with a strong streak of minerality. The wines really shine in 2014. It's a stunning vintage and Niellon capitalized on the '14's concentration, harmony and clarity.

Each site is rendered with pitch perfect clarity. The Chaumées offers lots of density and impact, with amazing delineation. Clos de la Maltroie offers a bit more lift and citrus. Finally, Clos St. Jean is the most linear, mineral and floral.

This is a gorgeous collection of wines. Everything indicates that they will age beautifully. We're offering discounted 6-packs today to encourage you to stash some in the cellar.

Niellon is a very small estate of only 6ha. This is a small parcel, so we encourage you to order quickly.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St-Jean

Burghound: "Notes of petrol and wood spice add breadth to the ripe white orchard fruit and discreet lemon rind scents. There is good richness to the agreeably textured and lush medium weight flavors that also possess a caressing mouth feel while delivering solid depth on the sneaky long finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. Note that this succulent effort could easily be enjoyed young"

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroie

Burghound: "This is also quite strongly reduced so some time in a decanter would be beneficial. There is outstanding richness to the seductively textured and opulent flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while the citrus-tinged acidity is sufficiently firm to maintain the balance on the saline-inflected finish. This too will be approachable young if desired."

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées - Clos de la Truffière

Burghound: "There is a touch of reduction present but not so much as to completely mask the aromas of citrus and floral nuances. The intense, rich and relatively broad-shouldered flavors also possess plenty of palate coating sap that also buffers the moderately firm acid backbone on the persistent, balanced and slightly drier and more complex finale."