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2020 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet ‘La Boudriotte’ 1er Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine Blain-Gagnard
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
  • Region
  • Size

Domaine Blain-Gagnard is tucked into a little corner of Chassagne-Montrachet, surrounded by other offshoots of the Gagnard family. The domaine ​was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain – who hails from Sancerre – married Claudine Gagnard, of the Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange family – a name that’s certainly been here since the Revolution – see a schematic below! Jean-Marc and Claudine met while studying oenology together at the University of Dijon.

The domaine has about 8 hectares of vines with 4 villages represented. By surface area the domaine is about 60% white wine, so nearer 70% by the volume of wine that is produced. There are 4 premier crus and three grand crus – including Criots, Bâtard and Le Montrachet.

Jean-Marc employs great intricacy in his winemaking: subtle tweaks to the process such as his discerning selection of coopers and the wood they use, and mixing wines from vines of different ages helps create a series of excellent wines. Jean-Marc uses around 15% new barrels for his premier cru and lesser wines, while the grand crus are afforded 30% new Alliers oak.

Tasting Notes

91 points Allen Meadows
Nuances of smoky reduction don’t completely mask the aromas of pear essence though even so, I would suggest a quick aeration that it would be beneficial. There is better volume if a bit less refinement to the medium-bodied flavors that deliver excellent length on the clean, dry and delicious finale. This is a wine that needs at least a few years to settle down and better harmonize though once it does, it should be lovely.

2020 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet ‘La Boudriotte’ 1er Cru