The Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard is one of the best known and most highly respected names in Chassange-Montrachet. British Master of Wine Serena Sutcliffe credited Jean-Noël with “opening her eyes to white Burgundy,” and today his daughter Caroline continues to produce wines at the same superlative level. Their wines are pure, classy, and elegant.
Most of their cuvées are special occasion wines — their extraordinary Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet retails at over $400 per bottle. But in the last decade Caroline has begun to make a few cuvées with friendlier price tags and a more approachable style. The finest of these is her Hautes-Côtes de Beaune “Sous Eguisons.”
With Sous Eguisons, Caroline has combined her father’s rich winemaking tradition with new energy and passion, growing grapes in an excellent location and vinifying them in the same way she makes the family’s Chassagne. Because Caroline views Sous Eguisons as a wine to drink in the years soon after the harvest, she bottles it under screwcap instead of corks.
The 2014 Sous Eguisons is elegant, very pretty white Burgundy, showing much more refinement and subtlety than its classification suggests. White flowers and meyer lemon dominate the nose, along with notes of lime rind and chalk. The mouth shows a splash of the Chassagne richness with which the Gagnard name is synonymous, but sports an energetic freshness as well.
Vinous writer Steven Tanzer reports that, “with its sweet lemon and pineapple fruit and supple texture, Gagnard’s Bourgogne Blanc Hautes Côtes de Beaune  will make for attractive early drinking.” Made alongside some of the most expensive and sought-after white Burgundy in the world, Sous Eguisons requires neither the patience nor the investment — it’s an elegant, masterful white Burgundy for today.
GAGNARD Sous Eguisons 2014
Ansonia Retail: $38
6+ bottle price: $32/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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