Maltroye-Chassagne Monteachet-1er Cru Clos de la Maltroye Monople 2017 (AM90)
Sales price HK$650
Note: a monopole that is situated within Maltroie Producer note: Jean-Pierre Cournut had evident relief in his voice when he told me that the 2017 growing season was so much easier than the seriously difficult 2016 season that had us chasing our tails for most of it. We arrived at the harvest without incident beyond another April frost scare, which has become all too common but that's another story. I chose to begin picking on the 1st of September and brought in correct yields in white but generous volumes in red. The fruit was clean and ripe and required almost no chaptalization and as a result the vinifications were pretty straightforward. As to the wines, my take is that the reds are frank and refreshing with excellent transparency to the underlying terroir but the whites are genuinely excellent. I would agree with Cournut that his whites are first-rate and in particular the Dent de Chien is stellar. Cournut noted that his 2017s were bottled in November 2018. Tasting note: A very pungent nose is composed by notes of petrol, smoke and sulfur that are enough to bury the fruit at present so I would suggest decanting this first if you're tempted to try a bottle young. Otherwise there is good punch if only average density to the delicious and appealingly stony medium weight flavors that terminate in a dry, clean and citrusy finish.