Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "Notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, toasted nuts and pastry cream preface the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroie, a medium to full-bodied, bright and satiny wine with fine depth at the core, tangy acids and good grip on the delicately oak-inflected finish. (WK)" 90 points Burghound "An overtly floral-suffused nose reveals additional notes of poached pear and crushed dried herbs. The caressing middle weight flavors are finer though not necessarily denser while exhibiting solid length on the balanced finale. (AM)"
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About Domaine Michel Niellon
Harvests at Domaine Niellon are characteristically the earliest in the village, infusing a certain freshness into the wines. The domaine's practices of keeping yields low and maintaining old vines imbue the wines with intricate complexity and an enticing texture. Their wine portfolio comprises twelve appellations, each expressing the unique terroir of its respective vineyard, aged in oak barrels that enhance the wines' flavor expressions.
The most prized wine comes from Puligny's Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet, where Michel personally planted the vines in 1970 using small explosives to penetrate the rocky terrain. This painstaking process yields highly mineral, extracted, and aromatic wines with remarkable presence. Among their standout Premier Cru vineyards, Les Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere is particularly noteworthy, its 80-year-old vines giving rise to intense, rich, and chalky wines. The Premier Cru Les Vergers, located just downslope, offers riper fruit flavors, a plush texture, and well-balanced acidity thanks to its deeper clay and gravelly limestone soils. The tiny parcel that produces the Premier Cru Clos de la Maltroie offers an elegant wine that's slightly firmer than the Champgains.
The Niellons also create a delightful Bourgogne Blanc from young vines near the winery, delivering a fresh, citrusy wine with great length. The use of sustainable practices, careful clone selection, and handpicked quality grapes fermented with natural yeasts underscore Domaine Michel Niellon's commitment to exceptional wines. Be it the extraordinary Bâtard-Montrachet or the high-quality Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet Clos st Jean, Niellon's wines consistently garner high praise and scores, cementing their position as a benchmark producer in Chassagne-Montrachet.