Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2017
Renowned for its white wines, it is not well known that currently 50% of the Chassagne-Montrachet village is planted to pinot noir; in recent decades it was as much as 75%. The drop in pinot noir plantings is likely due to the reputation of Montrachet white burgundy combined with the village’s consistent production of high-quality white wines, enabling an increase in chardonnay plantings to continue unabated.
"In 2017 yields were moderatelygenerous in red . We chose to do a soft vinification as they didn’t want to obtain raw or harsh tannins. In the end, We are very happy with the wines as they have an attractive freshness and excellent transparency in a style that should permit them to drink well early but also age well."
(from 35+ year old vines). An even earthier nose combines notes of pepper and leather with those of dark currant and violet. There is good succulence here as well though with more evident mid-palate density and power, all wrapped in an equally rustic finish that is just a bit short today. With that said, I suspect that the absence of first-rate length is more a question of the recent bottling and thus this will likely better harmonize with a few years of age.