Mark Haisma 2020 Chassagne Montrachet


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Notes from Winemaker Mark Haisma

“I made 5 barrels in 2020, a blend of En Pimont and La Goujonne. The two extremes of Chassagne, En Pimont is the highest found lieu dites, all on thin soils with lots of limestone, compared to Goujonne that is at the bottom on the red soils.

“The two wines are so contrasting, flinty and mineral from the top rich and powerful from the bottom. It’s a wonderful combination that gives the wine fantastic structure but also beautiful finesse.

“Barrel fermented, aged in 20 new oak for 12 month then racked to tank for a 2nd winter, bottling after 18 months.

“Wild yeast, no enzymes, no filtration, no stabilisation.”

Bill Nanson – “A blend of two parcels; one high and one low. A more compact nose – fine but rather tight. Fuller, incisive, almost a mouth-watering, steely style. Intense finishing.”

Galloni (Neal Martin) – “The 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet has a crisp & pure bouquet with touches of yellow flowers emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, taut & fresh, hints of dried apricot & white peach. Nice bitterness on the stem ginger finish here with nice dry extract.”

Japser Morris – “Seven barrels made from Goujonne, below, En Pimont, above, and a touch of Champgain. Apples and liquorice, perhaps a herbal note. Also a strong lemon component, suggesting that up the hill is winning at the moment. A slight sweet and sour citrus finish.”

About Mark

“He seems to have struck gold. His wines have an excellent balance between fruit, expression and refreshment without being in any way wimpish. The wines are also, appetisingly, bone dry.” -Jancis Robinson

Mark spent a decade working together with the late Dr. Bailey Carrodus of Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley. His passion for making a wine that expresses the purity of the fruit and further reflects the soil they are grown is what drew him to Burgundy. He makes wines that are bright and fresh and uses a ‘hands off’ approach to create a pure expression of the terroir.

Mark is on Jancis Robinsins list of “Overperformers” for 2014.