Clos Saint-Jean is a benchmark terroir for the reds of Chassagne (in fact it produces outstanding quality in both colours). For those who have visited the cellars, Clos Saint-Jean is the walled vineyard right next door, and the Estate’s parcel sits in the heart of the original Clos. This section of the vineyard is 2.2 hectares and was traditionally called Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean. The Pillot family own just over one hectare here, split equally between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (they are the largest owners in the Clos). Fermented with 60% whole bunches in 2019 and cropped at yields of 25 hl/ha, I think the notes below cover the bases. Only 10% new oak this year. An outstanding, deep, layered and age-worthy red Burgundy that will peak between 10 to 20 years of age.
“60% of the fruit was fermented as whole clusters, before ageing in mostly older casks to produce this wine that, while taut and structured, never loses its lovely floral notes or nicely developed, red fruit character.” 93 points, Decanter.
“Soaring from the glass with aromas of sweet red berries, orange rind, warm spices and loamy soil, the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean Rouge is medium to full-bodied, lively and perfumed, with a fleshy core of fruit, bright acids and fine, powdery tannins. As usual, this old vine cuvée is one of the finest examples of this underrated appellation.” 91-93 points, William Kelly, The Wine Advocate.