What Vincent Dauvissat and Francois Raveneau are to Chablis, Jean-Claude Ramonet and Michel Niellon are to Chassagne-Montrachet. We are extraordinarily lucky to bring these wines in after what can only be described as the right place at the right time. With the relationship starting from the 2018 vintage I had to ask for at least a few cases of the magnificent 2017 vintage as they were too good for us to miss! They obliged and as such I am able to offer you minute volumes of the below.
They have two Grand Cru’s; Chevalier-Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet. After the 2015 vintage the Batard-Montrachet wines were up rooted and will not be replanted until 2022, this far exceeds the usual 2-3 year turn around. A true testament to their pursuit of excellence. While we have not been allocated any of the 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet we will have a very small allocation in 2018. The Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet is regarded as one ‘The’ Great White Wines of Burgundy. It is often put in the same class as Coche-Dury’s Corton-Charlemagne.
If you like White Burgundy from 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008 you will adore the 2017 vintage. They are completely transparent showing every nuance of the vineyard with freshness and minerality. I cannot recommend them enough.
Here is what the press have to say about Michel Niellon and their wines:
“Michel Niellon operates out of two absurdly small cellars in Chassagne, producing quite simply sublime wines. He has only 6 hectares of vines, which include small holdings in Chevalier and Bâtard-Montrachet. Old vines and low yields give these wines their intensity, along with Niellon`s supreme winemaking skills.
Supply is severely rationed due to the small size of the domaine and Niellon’s huge following in the United States. But, for those lucky enough to secure some bottles, the rewards are immense.” -Jasper Morris
NOTE: Michel Niellon have now grown to 8ha which therefor grew to 4 absurdly small cellars in Chassagne-Montrachet. Enough was enough and they now operate out of a modern, impeccably clean cellar next to Jean-Marc Pillot. -Jono Hersey
Honestly, some of the most drinkably great wines that you can imagine in 2017 – proper, concentrated wine, but with a super ‘deliciousness’ – a great address for 2017s. – Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report
“when quality rises to this level, words are frankly inadequate to convey what can only be described as an intense emotional reaction. Captivating and completely seductive aromas explode from the glass with a purity and intensity that are hard to believe. Aromas of white flowers, limestone and dried herbs overlay astoundingly focused, intense and detailed flavors with an incredible minerality and dazzling purity and a finish that seemingly goes on forever. This is reference standard Chevalier and wine doesn’t get much better than this”. – Allen Meadows, Burghound on Michel Niellon’s Chevalier-Montrachet
With minuscule volume of the below, please put forward your requests and I will do my best to fulfil your order. What you put forward will help with a greater allocation next year. Please do not be upset if it is smaller than what you would have liked.