Domaine Niellon have been on a roll, recent vintages have seen them produce some of their finest wines yet. Their village Chassagne comes from six parcels dotted around the village and sees only a little new oak. It shows a smoky reductive nose with notes of limes and hazelnuts. Rich attack, acids in the background alongside a deep salinity which tightens things up. Notes of lime around an apricot core. Good length. Will drink well young.
About the Domaine
Where it all began – Robert’s first ever ex cellar purchase of Burgundy was here, 40 years ago. We have followed the domaine ever since.
The name of Niellon is one of the most established in Chassagne. Michel joined his father Marcel in the 1950s and began to domaine bottle all of their wines in the ‘60s. They soon built a reputation as one of Chassagne’s finest domaines, growing from the original 4ha to today’s 7.5ha holdings. The wines are now made by Michel’s son-in-law, Michel Coutoux, who continue to uphold the domaine’s reputation for the highest quality. No herbicides are used, ploughing is carried out to control weeds and a ‘lutte raisonnée’ approach is followed to combat mildew and other vineyard maladies. Picking is early, they want to retain acidity and freshness in the grapes. Fermentations take place in stainless steel before the wines are transferred to barrique, 20-30% new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Robert’s first ever ex-cellar purchase of Burgundy was here, five dozen Chassagne village in 1981 and we have worked with the domaine continuously since; with Michel’s Grandson Mathieu Bresson now joining the team and quality rising ever higher we look forward to the next 39 years!
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