Niellon's famous portion of Chevalier Montrachet has soils so rocky that Michel had to use small explosives when he replanted his plot of 28 rows of vines in 1970. The shallow soils force the vines to struggle as they produce small quantities of exceptional, highly-extracted fruit. The resulting wine is mineral-driven with a strikingly complex nose of ripe fruit, acacia blossom and stone.
Clos de Truffiere is one of Michel's favorite vineyards; it was named for the abundance of mushrooms found here, high on the slope near the forest. The domaine has sourced from this 80-year-old vineyard since 1988. The old vines yield a wine of richness and elegance with a crisp mineral profile.
2017 Michel Niellon Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru
96 The Wine Advocate
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There are five barrels worth of the 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, a brilliant wine that unwinds in the glass with a complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, dried white flowers, beeswax, pear, toasted nuts and fresh mint. On the palate, it's full-bodied, satiny and strikingly concentrated, with a bright line of succulent acidity, a textural but weightless profile and a long, lingering finish. William Kelley - The Wine Advocate
2017 Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees - Clos de la Truffiere 1er Cru
94+ The Wine Advocate
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The 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere was marked by a light touch of reduction, with leesy top notes of nutmeg and bread dough mingling with its bouquet of orchard fruit, confit lemon and toasted nuts. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and expansive, with the broadest shoulders and the most mid-palate amplitude of any premier cru in the range, balanced by juicy acids and concluding with a taut finish that I suspect is slightly shorted by the wine's youthful reduction. Experience suggests that the only missing ingredient is a couple years of bottle age. WK - The Wine Advocate