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Jean Noel Gagnard, Premier Cru Caillerets Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
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Jean Noel Gagnard, Premier Cru Caillerets Chassagne-Montrachet 2018

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Les Caillerets is Gagnard's top premier cru; some consider it to be the grandest cru on the south hill of the commune. Gagnard’s parcels are prime, and located in En Caillerets on the spine of the hill and Les Combards, higher up on the slope. The other two vineyards within the commune that can be labeled as Les Caillerets are Vigne Derrière and Chassagne—yes, a vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet is simply named Chassagne. What’s interesting about Gagnard’s parcels is that they are either quite steep (Les Combards) or on what appears to be more of a convex section (En Caillerets), making for—in theory—even less topsoil than others that have a more concave slope, like much of Vigne Derrière, the vineyard just north of En Caillerets with the village on the other side. What a convex hill slope means is likely more cut, freshness and stoniness to go along with Les Caillerets’ fabulous body.

Classified as a "Première Cuvée" in 1855, this is one of the most sought after lieux-dit in Chassagne-Montrachet. It is believed that the name originates from the large number of pebbles (cailloux) to be found in the local soil. Similarly-named lieux-dits in Puligny-Montrachet, Volnay, and Meursault are also known for their high quality terroir.

Chassagne Montrachet
Shallow pebbly soil with Bathonian debris underneath
Delicate pneumatic pressing, indigenous yeast and malolactic fermentation fermentation in 228L oak barrels. Aged for 18 months on lees in barrel (1/3 new oak).