Chassagne Two-Ways:
Under the Radar Brilliance -
2014 Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos & 2011 Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets

Posted by Ian McFadden

Vincent Dancer and Thierry Pillot are two of the most exciting and thoughtful winemakers of Burgundy. They mostly cruise under the radar.

I'm very happy to be offering these wines today. Both firmly establish the incredible wines coming out of these two domaines.

The first time I tasted Thierry Pillot's wines they jumped off the page. They are super-clear, precise and elegant, exactly what I'm after in White Burgundy. Burghound has written, “It’s becoming clear that Thierry Pillot is a top flight talent. If you haven’t tried the wines, you should."

Pillot's 2011 Chassagne 1er Cru Caillerets flaunts what makes his wines so compelling. Burghound calls it "admirably pure." It has a racy mineral core married to an explosively complex mid-palate. Its immense concentration and incredible depth are buoyed by a beautifully integrated, glowing acidity. It shows the 2011 White Burgundy vintage at its best.

Over the past few vintages we've been watching the quality of Dancer's wines soar. Still, we weren't prepared for Dancer's 2014s. The wines are that stunning.

The 2014 Tête du Clos is the total package. It's intense, detailed and brilliantly transparent. Tête du Clos is a choice walled vineyard within the 1er Cru Morgeots. Burghound nails it when he calls the wine "impressive and impeccably well-balanced." This is a don't-miss bottle. It's rare that you see such staining concentration married to lift and detail.

I'm really happy to be offering these. They're incredibly impressive and represent great value for White Burgundy. They are also hard to find. This is the only listing in the U.S. for the 2011 Pillot and one of two for the Dancer. We've created mixed 6-packs because they are worth tracking for the next decade and beyond.

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

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2011 Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets

Burghound: "An admirably pure, fresh and reserved nose of green apple, pear and white peach displays nuances of citrus zest. There is excellent size, weight and richness to the attractively mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that exude a lovely sense of energy on the very dry, balanced and focused finish."

2014 Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos

Burghound: "Once again mild reduction is just enough to render the nose difficult to read though the fruit does seem ripe. There is outstanding volume to the impressively concentrated and powerful medium weight plus flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before concluding in a wonderfully persistent finale. This is an impressive and impeccably well-balanced effort that will need a few years of bottle age first as it's presently quite backward."