Fabrice Bouard has turned out to be one of Pierre-Yves Colin’s best introductions (PY’s other top tips include Condello, Boudignon and Dancer). Operating out of small, traditional cellars in the Morgeot sector of Chassagne, this enviable collection grows in quality with every harvest – last year’s 2018s were thrilling and the new vintage continues the golden run. Fabrice describes his 2019s as having “beautiful freshness and aromatic balance with a lovely indulgence, great aromatic purity with liveliness and richness in the mouth, the reds are very elegant with supple tannins.”
We cannot speak highly enough of this accomplished range: silky, juicy Aligoté and Bourgogne, which capture the magic of 2019.
Then there is a brilliantly persuasive Chassagne AC – it’s broad, yellow citrus fruit and immediacy are incredibly attractive. The St Aubins are superb: a flinty, fine-boned Combes and a broader, creamy-textured Charmois which finishes with lip-smacking salinity. The Chassagne Crus are frankly fantastic: defined, ‘amplified’ but never exaggerated. 2019 frames shoehorned into modest 13.5% outfits; elegant, characterful and with enormous vineyard expression. The whites – all shipped – will drink wonderfully on release thanks to their cushioned textures and generosity but will age effortlessly thanks to their concentration, balance, and bedrock mineral. Bravo!