David Moret, Chassagne-Montrachet, 2020
Region: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is precise and fills the palate with flavours of toasted brioche and tangerines. It is incredibly concentrated with refreshing acidity and is perfectly balanced. It is drinking well now but will also develop favourably with further bottle ageing.
Situated in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is home to arguably some of the world's greatest white wines. The village-level appellation covers around 300 hectares, with white wines making up 35% of total production. The vines for David’s Chassagne Montrachet grow on limestone soils between 200 - 300 metres altitude and are over 60 years old, resulting in beautifully concentrated and richly textured wines. The vines are simple Guyot pruned.
David Moret is a micro-négociant who makes wines in his small cellar in Beaune. He studied oenology, but then went on to sell winemaking supplies before finally deciding to make wines himself. With no family-owned vines, he bought grapes to vinify, purchasing his first barrels in the late 1990s and starting his own label in 2000. Since then, he has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from top growers, to vinify in his cellars. Fermented using indigenous yeasts, the wines are bottled without fining or filtration after the natural settling that occurs during their period in oak. David uses 20% new oak for his Villages wines and up to 40% new oak for his Premiers and Grands Crus.