TNs: 2017 Michel Niellon Chassagnes

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TNs: 2017 Michel Niellon Chassagnes

#1 Post by Kent Comley » August 14th, 2019, 3:18 pm

I received a phone call yesterday morning from the Australian importer who was prepared to drive 450kms to show me a brace of Burgs that afternoon. What a fine idea and given that he interrupted me reading through 90 CVs, his arrival time was impeccable.
He informed me that Niellon had not been imported into Australia for 20 yrs, and that they had taken steps to address Premox, employing minimal lees stirring and careful management of DO at bottling. DO levels have always to me seemed like a likely factor in the pox.
The wines all showed a fair whack of sulphur and I suspect this too is part of the anti-pox methodology.

The 2017 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet is an outstanding villages level wine. Bright and taut with cool nashi pear and citric notes, some subtle oak influence and lick of mineralty. Of the premier crus, The Chassagne 'Clos St Jean' and Chassagne 'Chenevottes' were slightly broader and dense, with a hint of grilled nuts. They were both bright, energetic and detailed. The Clos de la Maltroie, whilst large scaled had a streak of minerality and an extra degree of rocky detail. it still had bags of latent power. The Champ-Gains was my pick of the line up. A spell binding premier cru, shaped like a top flight Corton-Charlemagne, with an endless finish, the rocky detail and pristine fruits reverberating indefinitely.

A very impressive line up indeed.
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#2 Post by Kris Patten » August 14th, 2019, 6:24 pm

All arriving in our warehouse soon, thanks for sneak peek.
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#3 Post by M.Twelftree » August 14th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Thanks Kent

I tasted at the domaine a few weeks back and agree the line up that included 09 and 03 Chevalier was outstanding overall

Great to see them coming into Australia

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#4 Post by Kent Comley » August 14th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Lucky fella Michael, would love to see the Chevalier's one day.
How was the '03 - alive and kicking??
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#5 Post by alan weinberg » August 14th, 2019, 7:57 pm

Kent Comley wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Lucky fella Michael, would love to see the Chevalier's one day.
How was the '03 - alive and kicking??
he also makes a couple barrels of Batard.

Funny story I once heard or read—Anne-Claude Leflaive would regularly go ape shit on Niellon when he’d spray his vines. Hers were “biodynamie” and adjacent to his; the runoff was perturbing to her.
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#6 Post by Kent Comley » August 14th, 2019, 7:57 pm

Is Vatard a lieu dit of Batard?
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#7 Post by alan weinberg » August 14th, 2019, 7:59 pm

Kent Comley wrote:
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Is Vatard a lieu dit of Batard?
making fun of my lisp? I was correcting while you were teasing.

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#8 Post by Kent Comley » August 14th, 2019, 8:02 pm

Couldn't resist Alan. I saw a gap and had to make a run for it!!!
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#9 Post by alan weinberg » August 14th, 2019, 8:10 pm

Kent Comley wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Couldn't resist Alan. I saw a gap and had to make a run for it!!!
you are indeed a Batard! Good one.

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#10 Post by William Kelley » August 15th, 2019, 3:59 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Kent Comley wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Lucky fella Michael, would love to see the Chevalier's one day.
How was the '03 - alive and kicking??
he also makes a couple barrels of Batard.

Funny story I once heard or read—Anne-Claude Leflaive would regularly go ape shit on Niellon when he’d spray his vines. Hers were “biodynamie” and adjacent to his; the runoff was perturbing to her.
Not for the moment they don't - 2015 was the last vintage before they had to finally replant.
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#11 Post by Herwig Janssen » August 16th, 2019, 8:16 am

Major premox culprit . Ihope you are right that it changed ,

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#12 Post by Dave Nerland » August 16th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Maybe a little off track, but enjoyed a bottle of 2017 Michel Niellon Chevalier at Absinthe in SF towards the end of June. Wow, this was a nice wine, one of the better Chevalier's I have tasted.

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#13 Post by Kris Patten » August 16th, 2019, 7:08 pm

Looks like I get to try some of the 2017 white and red Chassagne's next Wednesday will share some thoughts and ask some more questions on the pox.
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#14 Post by Kent Comley » August 16th, 2019, 9:40 pm

Thanks Kris. I look forward to your thoughts. I did try the Chassagne rouge AC that was quite pretty and tender, very much in teh jubey red fruit spectrum.
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#15 Post by M.Twelftree » August 17th, 2019, 1:42 pm

Hi Kent
sadly the 03 Chevalier had seen better days, it was very golden and fully developed, the 09 was the real deal
I see you won another award for your restaurant wine list yesterday, well done
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