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Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge


  • Cellaring

    Optimal consumption: 5 to 8 years

    Ageing potential: 10 years

  • Tasting temperature

    16°C (61-62°F)

Grape variety

Pinot Noir


Producing communes: Chassagne-Montrachet and Remigny.

Site: south of Beaune, one of the last villages of the Côte de Beaune.

History & tradition: a village with ancient origins. Its name is derived from the Celtic word « cassanos », meaning « planted with oak trees ». The appellation is planted with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Lately, a lot of Chardonnay has been planted so that red Chassagne is actually becoming rare!

Soil: clay and limestone.



by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Vivid red colour. Intense and complex aromas, reminiscent of candied fruit or fruit jelly, raspberry, blackberry, and a light woody touch. As the wine ages, these aromas evolve towards subtle notes of mushroom and spices, such as nutmeg. When the wine is younger, the flavours highlight a nice framework marked by fine tannins. Long and persistent in the aftertaste, with lingering notes of candy and spice.


2013 is a typical Burgundy vintage offering wines of character in their youth but also with a great ageing potential.

Vintage review


Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.

Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.

Vinification: total destemming. In accordance with the terroir and the profile of the vintage, we do 2 to 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration in small open vats, marked by punching of the cap and pumping-over. The yeasts are indigenous (natural). Pressing in a vertical press. Separation of the ends of the presses based on tasting.

Ageing:  in oak barrels including 20% of new barrels.
The ageing lasts between 12 to 16 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.