The ‘Les Chaumes’ vineyard borders Premier Cru ‘La Boudriotte’ but is only a ‘villages’ wine. On tasting, as on location, it is very much of a ‘superior’ villages. The wine shows a Puligny-like acid on the finish that cuts through the intense fruit on the palate. ‘La Boudriotte’ is as rich and silky as Les ‘Chaumes’ is tight and racy. From 28-year-old vines planted on clay soil, it is rounder on the palate with a supple texture and a lovely perfume of white flowers that lingers long on the finish. ‘Les Caillerets’ is another step up, however. It is more closed on the nose with a hint of flint giving way to a wine that show superb class and balance, and promises great things for the future – if you can keep your hands off it. We also have a small quantity of Caroline’s ‘Bâtard-Montrachet’, which has a lovely grainy, nutty fruit character that seems to last forever.
Historically, Chassagne was well known for its reds, due in part to the higher presence of red clay topsoil in the vineyards. Caroline’s red, named ‘L’Estimée’, has a pretty nose with good structure on the palate, nice intensity and good length.