This is an outstanding example of a white Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru. Formerly planted with Pinot Noir, this plot was grubbed up in January 1988, after producing good yields for 45 years, and replanted with Chardonnay in 1990.
This change illustrates Chassagne-Montrachet's shift towards white wines dating from the 1980s in the light of the strong worldwide demand for Chardonnay-based wines. Not all the plots in Chassagne Montrachet are suited to this grape variety, however, and every change must be made in conformity with the appellation laws (to ensure quality) and in full respect of the terroir and its uniqueness. Thus, Chardonnay was only planted in this vineyard after careful consideration, producing its first vintage of white wine in 1992.
Notes of petrol and matchstick add breadth to the aromas of pear and citrus peel. The rich, round and sappy medium weight flavours possess both good volume and a caressing mouthfeel while the citrus-tinged finish delivers solid length... I would expect better complexity to develop if this is allowed a few years of cellar time first.
90 points, Burghound, June2017
The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroye has an attractive bouquet with fennel and even a touch of garrigue infusing the light citrus aromas. The palate is well balanced with a tropical-tinged opening (guava and pineapple), but with impressive harmony and good vigour on the easy-going finish. Whilst not a long-term Chassagne, I like the focus and joie-de-vivre here. 89-91 points, Neal Martin (12/2016).
The vineyard was converted from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay in 1990, the 25-year-old vines young by the standards of Burgundy. Has excellent drive and intensity, purity and balance its hallmarks, the flavours persisting long after the wine has left the mouth. Citrus and green apple are the main drivers of flavour, coupled with very good acidity. Fresh as a daisy.
94 points, James Halliday
The whites are full-bodied, powerful, and fat, with aromas of almonds (green or toasted, depending on the age of the wine), ripe apples, white flowers, and honey, The finish is remarkably long.
The reds are deeply colored, full-bodied, and often quite fleshy, with classic aroma of cherry or kirsch and blackcurrant. Their firm structure is reminiscent of a wine from the Côte de Nuits.