Scattered throughout Burgundy are some very exciting Premier Cru vineyards. They are often quite small and don't belong to big names so they frequently fail to get the recognition they deserve.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Dent de Chien is one. It sits above Le Montrachet and not surprisingly often produces wine of a very similar style.
Even less well known is Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Vide Bourse. Vide Bourse, literally "empty purse", is a small 1.32 hectare vineyard directly below the Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet.
|Click map to enlarge. Vide Bourse is in blue
Jasper Morris MW says "The soil is relatively heavy but full of small stones, providing excellent drainage and giving some raciness to the wine which is one of the more full-bodied Chassagne premier crus. In many ways it is a 'petit' Batard, ready to drink rather earlier than the grand cru."
There are very few makers, and even fewer owners, of this elusive vineyard. We are fortunate to have Fernand and Laurent Pillot in our portfolio who own a substantial 0.45 ha plot.
We have three vintages of the wine available. The 2011 is available Pre Arrival at $89.00 and the 2010 and 2009 are in stock (in small quantities) at $99.00 a bottle.
This is a vineyard I think all Burgundy lovers should at least taste.
You can view all three vintages and read tasting notes on our website by clicking here.
Orders may be placed on line or by email or phone. You are welcome to mix and match as you please. The 2011 will be shipped in June 2013.