Background information


  • In vintage 2010: switched cork diameter from 24 mm to 25 mm

Wines

1990

  • Chassagne-Montrachet (March 2014): Showed very well, no signs of premature oxidation. A beautiful wine. [J. Shanker]

1991

  • Chevalier Montrachet (June 2012) not oxidized - profound! (R DeAngelo)

1992

  • Chassagne Vergers (July 2012) not oxidized - excellent showing [R DeAngelo]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Jan 2013) - another excellent bottle (R DeAngelo)
  • Batard Montrachet (August 2010):not oxidized, delicious wine enjoyed over a couple of hours. Mature but will hold several more years (Barry Herbst)

1993

  • Batard-Montrachet (Dec 2005): great, stunning wine. Acidty is softening. Mature but still fresh, will hold for a few more years [JE Simond]
  • Batard-Montrachet (30 Jul 2008): not oxidized; low density for grand cru, but excellent [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Nov 2006) - not oxidized - great wine! Purchased off a list in Paris (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Vergers (March 2007) - not oxidized - very nice showing (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (May 2014) not oxidized - great bottle (R DeAngelo)
  • Chevalier Montrachet (30 Jul 2008): not oxidized and a knock out wine [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (27 Aug 2010): not oxidized. Another great bottle [Don Cornwell]

1995

  • Chassagne Les Champgains (March 2010): not oxidized; bright yellow/hint gold color; fresh, perfect balance, lovely wine (JKramer)
  • Chassagne Vergers (March 2006): vibrant maturing, good minerals and some honey; a year or two from peak [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Vergers (June 2007): not oxidized, still on the upswing - very good showing (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Vergers (July 2008) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Vergers (Feb 2009) not oxidized - excellent showing [R DeAngelo]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Sept 2009): vibrant maturing, good minerals and some honey; still not quite there, though the next day it was; a little austere;(note: the cork was soft and supple, not rigid, FWIW) [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Vergers (August 2010): not oxidized but fully mature (A Fenster)
  • Chassagne Vergers (May 2014): vibrant mature; just what lovely mature WB should be at almost-19;(note: this cork, too, was soft and supple, not rigid, FWIW) [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Oct 2015) same as May 2014.

1996

  • Chassagne-Montrachet (May 2016): Showing subtle signs of ox. Custardy. Right now it is on the border and was still delicious, but I wouldn't hold on to it much longer. [J. Shanker]
    Batard Montrachet (25 Jan 2006): not oxidized, but showing light toast in the aromas (suggest monitoring), see 96 tasting notes [Don Cornwell]
  • Batard Montrachet (July 2009): not oxidized, brilliant and youthful as it should be [Tom Reddick]
  • Batard-Montrachet (March 2015): Tight, squeaky cork, deep yellow hue, nose of sherry which steadily increased, undrinkable. [Mark Penberthy]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (September 2005): Not oxidized; rich, deep, very good but lowish acidity [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (March 2006): Not oxidized; same source, same storage as 9/05 btl., but very different wine. Fresh, bright, young, very 1996, and very enjoyable [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (March 2007): oxidized [M. Gewurtz]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Nov 2007): Not oxidized, green highlights to color, ultra-fresh, brilliant wine [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Oct 2007): not oxidized - painfully young. Ordered off a list in Paris (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Sept 2008): not oxidized - great bottle. (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (March 2009): not oxidized - another great bottle. (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (September 2009): Tried multiple bottles, all beautiful. Still tasted quite young with great minerality (M Krueger)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (September 2010): not oxidised, excellent [AIR]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (March 2013) not oxidized, last bottle of a case; one of twelve had the pox [Paul Ferrari]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Dec 2005): no oxidation, very good [JE Simond]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (September 2010): not oxidised, superb [AIR]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Dec 2010): oxidised, undrinkable [AIR]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2017): no signs of oxidation; superb 20 year old WB [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chenevottes (Dec 2010): oxidised, undrinkable [AIR]
  • Chassagne Chenevottes (July 2012): oxidised (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Nov 2007): no signs of oxidation, nice but lacks class [ER]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Oct 2005): vibrant and singing; a few years from peak [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Nov 2005): one bottle fully mature, with some evolution as one would expect, and the other one very youthful, still fresh, just perfect and delicious [JE Simond]
  • Chassagne Vergers (25 Jan 2006): no oxidation, see 96 tasting notes [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (06 Oct. 2006): no oxidation [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Sep-Nov. 2008): six more bottles, no oxidation, very youthful [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (9 Mar 2009): another brilliant youthful bottle [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (3 Jul 2009): not oxidized and super again -- 11 consecutive bottles [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Dec 2009): not oxidized, nice wine [ER]
  • Chassagne Vergers (April 2011) not oxidized--terrific wine [Joel Deutsch]
  • Chassagne Vergers (21 Nov 2011): last bottle of the 12. Not oxidized and none in the case were. All were fantastic. [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Oct 2013): two bottles: one oxidized; one vibrant and singing; and benefitted from hours of open aeration. FWIW, the cork on the good one was much softer; the bad one rock hard/rigid. [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Feb 2016): opened, thought was oxidized; aerated for 4 hours; people thought was going "downhill"/" maderized". Then it shined with escargots and the 2" left in the bottle became everything one could want in a 19 year old Niellon Vergers. Puzzling.. [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Dec 2008): mid stage premox [Kevin Harvey]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Oct 2009): completely gone, heavily oxidized [M Krueger]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (27 July 2010): oxidized [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (8 March 2011): not oxidized. See 95-2000 Retrospective Tasting Notes. [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Oct 2012): oxidized [ER]

1997

  • Chevalier-Montrachet (Aug 2007): no signs of oxidation, pas mal [ER]

1998

  • Bâtard-Montrachet (Aug 2005): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Batard-Montrachet (Aug 2008) heavily oxidized (Dale Williams)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (June 2008) not oxidized [R DeAngelo]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2005): no signs of oxidation; lovely, though drink by '09 [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2005): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Aug 2005): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2007): a little tired but no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (July 2008): not too bad, no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne Chenevottes (April 2010): fully oxidised [Duncan Wilson]
  • Chassagne Clos St. Jean (Nov 2006); no signs of oxidation, very nice, remainder held up in the fridge for days. [C Kendall]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Dec 2005): strange, light color but probably oxidized, undrinkable [ER]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Nov 2008): a lost bottle, heavily oxidized [ER]
  • Chevalier-Montrachet (May 2007): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Oct 2009) very oxidized, brown in color [Wes Jennison]

1999

  • Batard-Montrachet (August 2010): no signs of oxidation, big and rich, minerals, plenty of life [Hillard Sharf]
  • Bâtard-Montrachet (Jan 2008): no signs of oxidation at all, still fresh and very youthful [MLee]
  • Bâtard-Montrachet (July 2008): no signs of oxidation at all, excellent
  • Bâtard-Montrachet (Feb 2009): oxidized, an ugly bottle [ER]
  • Bâtard-Montrachet (Apr 2009): premox, barely drinkable [ER]
  • Chassagne (Apr 2005): oxidized, lousy cork [ER]
  • Chassagne (Aug 2005): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne (Jan 2008): Early oxidation, greyish cork, probably would have been quite good [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Oct 2007): very mildy oxidixed - very young with the oak in need of integration. (Dana Gaiser)
  • Chassagne Les Champsgains (Dec 2016) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Les Champsgains (Dec 2016) not oxidized - another great bottle (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Nov 2006): no signs of oxidation [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (April 2009): not "oxidized", but did have oxidative notes and a darker color than I would have expected.[Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Sep 2009): oxidized and corked [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (April 2010): excellent, fully mature [ER]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Aug 2011): two bottles: one oxidized; the second seemingly fine , but with an odd, muddy component and some odd sediment in it (similar to experience with '99 Chassagne-Maltroie, listed above in 2006) [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2013): Oxidized, but a 2000 Sauzet "Combettes saved the day! [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chenevottes (Jul & Aug 2004): one corked, the other not oxidised [WK Choy]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (14 Oct 2004): no signs of oxidation [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Jan 2006): no signs of oxidation; but, a very odd, muddy (perhaps the fining material??) taste permeating this bottle [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Feb 2008): oxidized [ER]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Oct 2008): a fine Chassagne [ER]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Sept 2009): oxidized, 4 Niellon 1999 in a row now [ER]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (Dec 2009): completely oxidized [Thomas Küntziger]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (July 2010 ): not oxidized at all, strong fruit, minerals, going strong [Hillard Sharf]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (28 Feb 2007): not oxidized -- see related tasting notes [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (10 Dec 2008): not oxidized, fabulous [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet ( 21 Feb 2009): not oxidized, intense fruit and minerals, long finish [Hillard Sharf]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Dec 2009): not oxidized, I had expected more [ER]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (27 July 2010): not oxidized, fabulous bottle [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (23 Feb 2011): not oxidized, but not nearly as good as the bottle last July. See 95-2000 Retrospective Tasting Notes [Don Cornwell]

2000

  • Chassagne (Apr 2005): young, oak/acidity; better the next day. Not oxidized [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne (May 2013): Oxidized [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Aug 2007): blue-tinged cork,but no oxidation; extemely youthful; excellent bottle [BDelancy
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Jul 2013): no signs of oxidation; mature; great wine [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Oct 2009): no signs of oxidation; still young [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Oct 2010): no signs of oxidation;but quite open and forward [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Clos St. Jean (Feb 2010):No oxidation, mild oak, very good bottle [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Clos St. Jean (Aug 2010): Not oxidized, fresh and strong [Frank Drew]
  • Chassagne Maltroie (May 2013): Oxidized [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chevalier-Montrachet (Jul 2005): very odd. Some premature oxidation but not totally shot. Bleached cork with blue tinge [WK Choy]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (March 2009) not oxidized [R DeAngelo]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (7 July 2010): badly oxidized [Michael Zadikian]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (23 Feb 2011): notably advanced but not yet oxidized. See 95-2000 Retrospective Tasting Notes [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Feb 2012) not oxidized, even tinges of green in the glass![Chuck Miller]

2001

  • Chevalier Montrachet (11 Feb 2009): badly oxidized. See 2001 Tasting Notes, Part II [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Feb 2008): 8 bottles in a row, all oxidized [Chuck Miller]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (March 2009) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Clos de Maltroie (July 2012) badly oxidized (P Ferrari)

2002

  • Chassagne Montrachet (November 2009) some oxidation, still was good, but I would drink up any remaining bottles quickly (Howard Cooper)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Apr 2007): heavily blue-tinged cork,but not oxidized; still young, but good [BDelancy]
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (Jan 2011):closed, tightish; after aeration of several hours, very nice, no oxidized notes [Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (April 2009): not oxidized, but a little more advanced than expected.[Stuart BH Niemtzow]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (May 2009) oxidized [R DeAngelo]
  • Chassagne Clos de Maltroie (Aug 2008) not oxidized [Dale Williams]
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (Sep 2007): fine, fresh, not signs of oxidation [MLee]
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (8 Feb 2008): not oxidized, very good [Don Cornwell]
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (Jan 2009) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (May 2009) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chevalier Montrachet (10 Dec. 2008): not oxidized, but toasty and advanced [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (30 Mar 2009): not oxidized, but this was thin and did not impress [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Nov 2009) Not oxidized - outstanding Chevy and eventually shut down with air [R DeAngelo]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (18 Feb 2010): Not oxidized and super wine. This time from my own cellar. See 2002 Tasting Notes, Night Two [Don Cornwell]

2003

  • Chassagne Clos de la Maltroie (December 2010) oxidized (Mikelav)

2004

  • Bâtard-Montrachet (June 2012) horribly oxidized (Michiel Carpentier)
  • Batard Montrachet (Dec 2011) oxidized! (R DeAngelo)
  • Bâtard–Montrachet (Aug. – Sept. 2016) 2 btls oxidized – both had an orange hue, already noticeable when purchased. 3rd btl not oxidized but too well advanced to give much pleasure. 4th & 5th btls not oxidized, slightly better than the 3rd, with healthier color & recognizable traits of a Niellon Bâtard, but quite well advanced. From a lot a 5 purchased from a reputable West Coast retailer's auction platform in Apr. 2015. Darker colored btls were opened first. [Rayner Cheung]
  • Chassagne Chaumees (Sept 2011) not oxidized - drinking very well [R DeAngelo]
  • Chassagne Chaumees 1er Clos de la Truffiere (Mar 2012): Not oxidized; drinking very well (MSaviage)
  • Chassagne Chaumees 1er Clos de la Truffiere (Dec 2012): Not oxidized; drinking very well (MLT)
  • Chassagne Les Champgains (May 2013) oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chassagne 1er Clos St. Jean (May 2004): Not oxidized at all, but did show very ripe.
  • Chevalier Montrachet (24 Mar 2009): Not yet oxidized, but advanced color, very flabby and had no resemblance to grand cru Chevalier, yet the bottle was known to be from a legitimate source. Extremely disapointing showing of both 2004 and 2005 [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (December 2011): Similar to Don's note. Advanced without the stuffing that great bottles of this show. (JasonH)
  • Chevalier Montrachet(February 2012): Golden in color and resembled on the nose Vin Jaune, literally, not GC white Burg. Sad. (JasonH)

2005

  • Bâtard–Montrachet (Oct. 2016 – Mar. 2017): 5 btls purchased in Jul. 2015 from the auction platform of a reputable West Coast retailer. 3 btls not oxidized. Not decanted. Excellent color & clarity. After a little airing, grilled hazelnuts in the nose, with hints of orchard fruit & butterscotch. First 2 btls lighter on the palate than I had expected, but significantly improved in the glass. 3rd btl (Mar. 2017) hit the spot with its glycerin–like texture & exceptional balance. [Rayner Cheung]
  • Chassagne Champgains (Jan 2016): Not oxidized, light yellow gold, rich with long finish, could use a bit more age but why wait? (Mike Saviage)
  • Chassagne Chaumees 1er Clos de la Truffiere (May 2013) oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • Chevalier Montrachet (Aug 2011): Sourced directly from the producer during a 2009 visit. Not oxidized and with no apparent leaning in that direction. [David Honig]
  • Chevalier Montrachet (24 Mar 2009): Not yet oxidized, but advanced color (a little less than 2004), very flabby also and more like 1er than grand cru Chevalier. Extremely dissapointing showing of both 2004 and 2005 [Don Cornwell]
  • Chevalier–Montrachet (Oct. 2016 – Jan. 2017): 3 btls purchased in Jul. 2015 from the auction platform of a reputable West Coast retailer. 1st bottle (Oct. 2016) darkest in color, not oxidized but quite advanced. Grilled hazelnuts & a touch of honey in the nose. Still plenty of grip on the palate with a saline touch. Got better in the glass, in fact. 2nd bottle (Jan. 2017) not oxidized despite advanced color. Very reticent (not decanted). Very occasional hints of glory from the Niellon Chevaliers of the 1980's. [Rayner Cheung]
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (August 2014) oxidized (Bill Lawrence)

2006

  • Chassagne Montrachet (May 2010): not oxidized but lots of matchstick! [Bill Lawrence]
  • Chassagne Montrachet (Oct 2010): not oxidized, very young, perhaps some reduction? [Ben Delancy]
  • Chassagne Chevenottes (Oct 2009): not oxidized but very ripe, fat, some alcohol [J. Prandi]

2007

  • Chassagne Montrachet (March 2010): Not oxidized, [Stu Jakub]
  • Chassagne Vergers (Oct 2012): Young and vibrant; Not oxidized [KI]
  • Chassagne Clos St Jean (Feb 2014) not oxidized - stunning wine! Wish they all showed like this (R DeAngelo)

2008

  • Chassagne–Montrachet "Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière" (Feb. 2017 – ): 4 btls not oxidized + 1 btl advanced & unpalatable. The 4 good btls had a green gold color with excellent clarity, showing no sign of ageing. Gently smoky, leesy nose. No undue acidity on the palate. Got better in the glass. From a lot of 6 purchased in Apr. 2015 from the auction platform of a reputable West Coast retailer. [Rayner Cheung]
  • Chassagne–Montrachet "Les Vergers" (Nov. 2016 – Apr. 2017): 3 btls not oxidized. Slowly shedding its lime cordial character & ferocious acidity (a common feature of the 2008 vintage). 1st btl not decanted. Nose now shows serious elegance of lime flower, toasted brioche, & lightly grilled nuts, but bears no resemblance to the butterscotch Vergers aromatics of memorable vintages in the 1980's & early 1990's. Purchased in Apr. 2011 from a reputable West Coast retailer. Other bottles consumed in the intervening years were not oxidized (the acidity clearly helps). [Rayner Cheung]

2011

  • Chassagne Montrachet (July 2016): Not oxidized (Adrian Latimer)