94 Points, Burghound, 

93 Points, Wine Spectator

REVIEWS

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
"A soft touch of wood frames ripe yellow fruit aromas that include peach, apricot and mango as well as citrus nuances among which lemon and grapefruit are to be found. There is impressive complexity to the rich, full-bodied and powerful large-scaled flavors that brim with dry extract on the citrusy and bone dry finish. An impressive showing that should age beautifully well."  June 2012


93 points Wine Spectator:
"An exotic style, boasting flavors of smoke, bacon fat, apple, peach and baking spices. Intense, with focus, a chalklike texture and savory length, even a hint of oyster shell. Best from 2013 through 2023." -  August 2012

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

I'd rather being drinking this for the same price for a Peter Michael, Kister or Aubert Chardonnay. Lock in the best price for this rarity that is developing quite nicely in the bottle. Don't hesitate to enjoy this in the immediate. The pinnacle of Chardonnay!

TASTING NOTES 

A soft touch of wood frames ripe yellow fruit aromas that include peach, apricot and mango as well as citrus nuances among which lemon and grapefruit are to be found. There is impressive complexity to the rich, full-bodied and powerful large-scaled flavors that brim with dry extract on the citrusy and bone dry finish. An impressive showing that should age beautifully well.   

  

THE STORY TO KNOW

Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed when Jean-Marc Blain married Claudine Gagnard, daughter of Jacques and Josèphe Gagnard and granddaughter of Edmond Delagrange, resulting in a union steeped in Burgundian heritage. This husband-and-wife team run the domaine, now with the help of their son Marc-Antonin, who has returned the France after spending time in the vineyards of Australia and New Zealand.

Jean-Marc employs great intricacy in his winemaking: subtle tweaks to the process such as his discerning selection of coopers and the wood they use, and mixing wines from vines of different ages helps create a series of excellent wines. Jean-Marc uses around 15% new barrels for his premier cru and lesser wines, while the grand crus are afforded 30% new Alliers oak.

The wines tend to be highly concentrated and in quite limited supply: the combination of the older vines with the younger forms wines that are rich and strong but subtle enough to not be overpowering.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with a crab and lobster roulade.