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2006 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Grandes Ruchottes
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About Chateau de la Maltroye

Old-timers in Chassagne remember times when the wines and vineyards here weren't nearly so coveted. When the Cournut family purchased the estate in 1940, the 6.5 acre plot behind the house was a vegetable garden. Today, the beautiful vines that run 200 meters down the hill behind the Chateau make up the priceless Maltroye 1er Cru holding, offering wines that sell for $70-$100/bottle.

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2006 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Grandes Ruchottes

Producer: Chateau de la Maltroye
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: France
Region: Burgundy
Appellation: Cote de Beaune

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90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2008

($148-$174; 13.6% natural alcohol) Very closed nose hints at nutmeg and mace. Then fat but dry and classic in the mouth, with citrus and stone notes and a riper whiff of pineapple. Offers very good breadth but this is painfully young today. The finish is long but shows a youthfully bitter edge.

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