Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Cuvée L’Estimée
Grapes from six different parcels spread across the appellation between Puligny and Santenay are used in this cuvée. They are planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare and pruned into Cordon royat.
The name of this cuvée originates in the history of the village of Chassagne and one of its oldest families: the Paquelins. There have been Paquelins living in the village since the 15th century, but as daughters married into other families, the current descendants have different last names including Coffinet (starting in 1866) and Gagnard (starting in 1925). The branch founded by Jean-Noël Gagnard became the Lestimé family in 1994, thus the creation of L'Estimée, an allusion to the newest branch of the family. L'Estimée can also be translated to mean "the respected lady" in French.
This cuvée represents the domaine's desire to highlight the potential of red wines from Chassagne-Montrachet; a village appellation mostly known for its whites. This is evident in the popularity of Chardonnay vineyards, as only 103 hectares of Chassagne-Montrachet are used to grow red wine varieties. (It is actually Burgundians that buy the majority of these wines: they're already in on the secret!) One can expect great quality for the price and wines that are often ready to drink at a younger age. In order to better show off the rarity of a red Chassagne-Montrachet and to strengthen the identity of L'Estimée, this wine is sold in a special bottle with unique packaging.
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.