TN: 2008 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

  • 2008 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (5/6/2012)
    Dinner at Giant Garoupa (Yuan Wei Deep-Sea Garoupa, Serangoon Road): Impressive, but way too young to drink - this came across as a wine with lots of great raw material, with a surprisingly ripe and powerful feel for a 2008, but one that clearly needed time to knit together in the bottle. It nosed almost like a new-world Chardonnay, with ripe notes of sweet apples and pears, along with a little hint of hay and some rather more Chassagne-like honey and honeysuckle notes. A rather nice bouquet actually. The palate was creamily textured, with buttery flavours on the attack followed by sweet apples and pears on the midpalate, almost shading into a bit of fig and tropical fruit layered with more of the honeyed tones picked up on the nose. It was a very full midpalate, with lots of depth and power, but this was wed to a nice background of stony minerality and juicy acidity - both of which hinted at Chassagne and the possibility that it was from the 2008 vintage. Still though, the ripeness and sweet fruit made me guess 2006 instead. The finish, while showing some length, did not quite have the full on power and scale of the attack and midpalate, lingering away as it did in a rather shallower waft of spice, mineral and more honey notes. Nice though. A rather big, powerful wine, yet it was very balanced with no lack of precision, elegance or complexity. This is clearly built for the longer-term, and should come around very nicely in 8-10 years. (92 pts.)

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