Recently I have been talking a lot about white Burgundy (recent post here). It is the wine-obsession of the year. So last weekend we took out a recent acquisition from the cellar to enjoy with food. The bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet from Nicolas Potel is a 100% Chardonnay from Côte de Beaune, so we reckoned that it could hold its own with a mushroom risotto. How right we were. It was a perfect match.
Côte de Beaune produces some of the most powerful Chardonnays in Burgundy. The soil in the region is chalky and use of oak is preferred. Many of the Cote de Beaune wines have aging potential (5-10 years). This particular wine has been aged on oak for 16 months (30% new oak, 40% one year old barrels and 30% two year old barrels) without stirring the lees. The nose is fresh with citrus fruits: lemon and orange, and almond. The taste is powerful and loyal to the nose. The aftertaste is long. The oak flavor is not aggressive, but rather pleasant (so not a California-type Chardonnay).
Price is then another thing completely. The bottle costs closer to 50€ (465 kr). So I would not rate it as one of those value-for-money wines. But if you are into white Burgundy, Côte de Beaune wines are a must-try. I think the Nicolas Potel gives quite a good taste profile for the region. All in all, I would say the wine is a 4 on overall quality, and maybe a 2.5 on value-for-money. Unfortunately they have run out of stock at the monopoly, but I will try to keep an eye open for Nicolas Potel wines when I am travelling. Perhaps I will find something interesting in London (only two weeks to go).
Have a good weekend!