Smooth, Chalky White Burgundy from a Master of Chassange-Montrachet

Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard is among the best known names in Chassagne-Montrachet. Jean-Noël himself is in his 90s, and for the last 30 years his daughter Caroline has run the domaine.

Under Caroline, the domaine has thrived, both maintaining a stellar reputation and adapting to the organic, low-oak style of modern Burgundy. Their Chassagnes remain a reference point for the village, and are worth every penny.

But a decade ago Caroline introduced an Hautes-Côtes de Beaune blanc, from the hills to the west of Chassagne. The terroir isn’t as favored, but at half-off Chassagne, it’s a great deal.

We just brought our last few cases of 2015 Sous Eguisons out of storage, and it has matured beautifully (Caroline bottled this vintage in cork rather than screwcap, and the evolution today is perfect). The sunny vintage produced extra ripeness, which over the past year has dried and melted into a serious white Burgundy. We think this is a steal under $40.

The nose is chalky and fresh, with notes of dry lemon, grape extract, and the barest hint of oak. The mouth shows excellent length, with a smooth, mouthfilling, waxy character and a refined finish. Open this with a weeknight when you’re too spent to make anything but pasta aglio e olio with too much parmesan.

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Gagnard Sous Eguisons 2015
bottle price: $39

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