2017 Chardonnay (Chassagne Montrachet)Lucien Muzard
PRODUCER: Nine generations of Muzards precede Claude and Hervé, who today control Domaine Lucien Muzard across 16 ha of vineyards in Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard. The family can trace its roots back to 1645, but it was not until the two sons took over the domaine in 1995 that it began bottling at the estate rather than selling to négociants. Today 95% of the production is red wine but the white wines are gaining in stature with each passing vintage.
2017 Lucien Muzard Chassagne-Montrachet
From a tiny 0.1 ha parcel, the fruit is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and wild-yeast fermented in one- and two-year old French oak barriques. The wine is then matured in barrel on fine lees without batonnage for one year, and bottled with a light fining and filtration as required.
’Also young vines – about 10 years old – on clay soil near Abbaye de Morgeot – têtes de moines limestone here that deflect the blades of the plough. Also a small production, only a 350L and one normal barrel. Another faint reduction. Slightly in the mouth too – more architectural volume – pure, open, slowly melting with fresh flavour. A little oak in the finish – wait for this, it’s very sophisticated compared to the others. Long, too.’ Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report, December 2018