Gagnard's daughter Caroline Lestimé’s 0.34ha plot, formerly Pinot Noir, was replanted in 1990 to Chardonnay. The vineyard faces south-east at 250m altitude, half-way up a moderately-steep slope of stony clay over limestone blocks. Viticulture is certified organic and biodynamic. Hand-picked grapes undergo a delicate pneumatic pressing before 24 to 48 hours static settling in tank followed by indigenous yeast alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228 litre oak barrels at 18°C. The wine matures for 18 months aging on lees in barrels (30-35% new) at 10-12°C
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.