Domaine Michel Niellon

Michel Niellon, who began working with his father Marcel in the 1950's, has crafted more than 50 vintages of extraordinary wines. The father-son team began domaine-bottling in the 1960's and soon after, their 4-hectare estate was considered one of the very best in the village. Since 1991, Michel has shared vineyard and winemaking duties with his son-in-law, Michel Coutoux. Recently, Michel's grandson Mathieu Bresson joined the winery as well.

Today the winery has 7.5 hectares of vines, all in Chassagne-Montrachet. "We plow the vineyards for weed control and don't use herbicides. For pest and mildew control, we practice lutte raisonnée," explains Coutoux. Niellon does not like to wait too long before harvesting the grapes: it is preferable, he says to pick earlier rather than later. "We take acidity into consideration first. Often we are the first in the village to pick at harvest time," Niellon.

Fermentations happen spontaneously in stainless steel tanks. After the primary fermentation, the wine is moved to barrels for malolactic and aging. About 25% of the barrels are new and the total amount of new oak ranges from 20-30% depending on the cuvée. Niellon is a benchmark producer in the village of Chassagne and the wines have a classic style, expressing the terroir of each vineyard, striking a balance of crisp minerality with rich and ripe fruit.

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Domaine Michel Niellon 'Blanc' Chassagne Montrachet 2016
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97 "This classy, elegant white is all about the perfume. Lime blossom, hazelnut, apple and spice aromas and flavors are the hallmarks. Finishes with length and intensity, but the show is all up front. Gets better and better with air, showing potential. Best from 2020 through 2030. 35
Item Number: 31599
Bottle:$81.95
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Domaine Michel Niellon 'Rouge' Chassagne Montrachet 2016
1-hectare blend from Concis du Champs (in the center) and Les Battaudes (bordering Remigny). The average age of his 2 blocks are 40-50 years old. There is a small section where Pinot Noir is grown and has conditions very similar to those of the red wine vineyards in neighboring Santenay. Pretty
Item Number: 30597
Bottle:$52.95
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