Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint-Jean 1er Cru 2012 versus Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly 2019
20 Jun 2021
Michel Niellon is a very talented winemaker, I can fall head over heels for his Chevalier Montrachet, consistently beating all other Chevalier Montrachet labels out there. It’s my first attempt to try his Chassagne-Montrachet wines, Clos Saint-Jean is not a favorite plot of mine, more disappointment than excitement, e.g. I reported this: Paul Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint Jean Blanc 2017
Sad to say, Niellon did not bring surprises to this Clos Saint-Jean neither, apart from the pretty decent acidity, the fruits did not excite me, almost running flat on taste. I featured Philippe Colin’s flagship En Remilly next to it as I was hopeful for a showdown, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair. En Remilly took the limelight with huge amount of orange juice and orange tinge both on the bouquet and palate. This 2019 vintage is quite a unique expression of En Remilly, normally it has more bright acidity, but this vintage the prominent fruit play is more on the limelight.