Domaine Michel Niellon, Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie

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Aromas of fresh pear, toasted bread, peach and nutmeg introduce Niellon's 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroie, a medium to full-bodied, elegantly satiny wine that's pure, precise and delicately chalky, with fine depth at the core and a nicely defined finish. This opulent wine has graceful structure and depth of flavour; rich and seductively textured with exotic fruit and floral notes, as well as hints of rosemary and mineral.
I have long revered this iconic 7.5 hectare domaine and am delighted to have been given a small allocation of their impeccable wines. Michel Niellon began working with his father in the 1950s and was joined by his son-in-law, Michel Coutoux, in 1991 and grandson, Matthieu Bresson more recently. From their smart, new cellars on the outskirts of the village, they are making some of the finest wines in the Côte de Beaune. They seek to preserve acidity and are often one of the first growers to begin picking. However, their style remains generous, ripe and concentrated, whilst retaining poise and precision.
Of note: Fermentation begins in stainless steel tanks and then oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation – 25-30% new oak. They like solids and only lightly settle the juice. No batonnage and no racking until bottling.
Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru “La Maltroie”: 0.66 hectares planted in 1977. 30% stainless steel vinification, 70% oak barrels.

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