2018 Ballot-Millot Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 'Tete de Clos,' Burgundy, France (750ml)

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The story at this fine domaine is one you encounter more often now in Burgundy. In 2001, a young and motivated vigneron named Charles Ballot took over for his father. Like many talented young winemakers, he wanted to raise the bar and leave his mark. The domaine already had a good reputation from his father’s day, and had been around quite a long time as the family had started to amass vineyards in Meursault starting at the end of the 17th century. They were also privileged to possess holdings in five Premier Crus in Meursault, including the famed Perrières and Charmes, plus Genevrières, Bouchères and Poruzots, not to mention small 1er Cru holdings in the villages of Chassagne, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune. His first tasks were to reduce yields and move away from chemical/systemic treatments to more natural ones. The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Tete du Clos Morgeot 1er Cru comes from part of the climate with more limestone. The palate is well balanced with pure fruit –passion fruit and pineapple chunks – and a touch of spice and crushed stone toward the finish which has plenty of extract.

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