Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru, “En Caillerets”
Sylvain works 0.38 hectares of very old selection-massale Chardonnay planted in 1950 by his grandfather Albert in this prestigious climat on the slopes just above and south of the village. Known for its poor and stony soil, Caillerets produces a wine with profound minerality and finesse that always benefits from at least a few years in the cellar to express its true potential. The wine is raised in 25% new barrels for 18-months. Its tunneling, palate-commanding minerality veers into the realm of salt, leaving a dry impression on the finish and promising plenty of cellar upside. Even amidst such dominating mineral presence, however, a glimmer of pretty fruit peeks out—a Sylvain signature. A mere 20-25 cases for the US market.