white burgundy

Burgundy (White)

We have a friend in the wine trade who will tell you in all seriousness that the world's greatest white wines are made from Riesling in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, and whilst the wines from here are often extraordinary, there can surely be few who would argue that they outclass the great Chardonnays of the Côte de Beaune. The monks of the great medieval monasteries of Cîteaux and Cluny knew a thing or two and it is no accident that, for reds and whites, the finest vineyard sites were in monastic hands until the monasteries were despoiled by the revolutionaries. Some of the Mosel's best sites were also owned by monasteries, but nowhere can this have been so comprehensive as in Burgundy, where the 11th and 12th century monastic movement was so extraordinarily successful.

Today, white wine production is focused mainly on the three famous villages of Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet, with the Grands Crus, apart from the more northerly Corton Charlemagne (and one (Musigny) in the Côte de Nuits), divided between the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. As so often in Burgundy, the most sought after lends its name to the village - hence the profusion of 'double barrelled' village names. However, most producers in the Côte de Beaune make red and white wines - and many villages (Savigny Les Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses for example), while better known for their red wine production, also make very fine whites, which cannot command the prices of their more famous neighbours. The same is true in reverse - reds from Chassagne can be stunning - as produced by Fontaine Gagnard and Gagnard Delagrange.

Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain

As well as working with his maternal grandmother, Marie-Josephe Gagnard (see Domaine Gagnard Delagrange), Marc-Antonin Blain is also making his own wines.  In keeping with the wise traditions of this exceptional Burgundian family, ownership of small parcels of vines are passed down the generations each year, and Marc-Antonin now has 1.16 hectares.  He has also taken over buildings in Chassagne, next to his parents (Domaine Blain Gagnard), which came from Marie-Josephe’s mother’s family (Bachelet) and were previously used by her father, Edmond Delagrange.

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2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain
 12 Bottles
2017 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain x 6
 6 Bottles
2018 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain
 12 Bottles
2018 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Marc-Antonin Blain x 6
 6 Bottles

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