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History

Michel Niellon, who began working with his father Marcel in the 1950's, has crafted more than fifty vintages of extraordinary wines. The father-son team began domaine-bottling in the 1960’s and soon after, their four 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. 

 

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Vineyards

Today the winery has seven and a half 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. 

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Winemaking

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 while striking a balance of crisp minerality with rich and ripe fruit.

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"Coutoux describes the 2018 vintage as "another Burgundian classic," much the same terms he applied to his excellent 2017s, and this is one address where 2017 and 2018 are more first cousins than distant relations. As readers may remember, house fingerprint here is distinctive, with a touch of toasty oak from Saint-Romain's Tonnellerie Gillet marking each cuvée and the wines dependably distinguishing themselves with lovely texture and concentration." - William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2020.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Michel Niellon . In a tasting of  9 wines 

2017 was a very good vintage in Burgundy and a pleasure to taste from barrel. The red wines are juicy and fresh with light tannins and body while the whites are linear with wonderful detailed flavors. In terms of overall quality, whites trumped the reds in quality both in terms of their finely-etched and flavor profile and consistency across all levels and appellations. Below are my top 10 white wines from the 2017 vintage.

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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Michel Niellon . In a tasting of  77 wines 

Le Montrachet, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2009 / Quite a lot of new wood masks the flavour and character of the wine on the nose. Plus there is a bit of reduction. I don't find the grip, depth and class I am expecting in Le Montrachet. The follow through is a bit weak. No better than very good today.

2y 8m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  9 wines  from  Domaine Michel Niellon . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Roumier is one of this collector’s favorite producers, and the auction will feature over 120 lots of his wines dating back to 1923!!! This magnum was an other-worldly experience. The wine had an incredible nose, Roumier all the way with its roses, spice, beef, cedar, minerals, cocoa powder and incredible spine, tannins and alcohol. Wowowow! Its intense leather flavors were S & M worthy, and there was enough acidity in this magnum for most cases!!! Dalia picked up some exotic ‘watermelon,’ and it was right on the money (as she usually is), although I was quick to point out that it was closer to the rind than the super sweet quality of the fruit. For someone that is not a regular drinker (I am working on that), I must admit she has some of the best innate senses that I have come across. She is the type of woman that wars are started over. Secondary flavors of rose and beef emerged, and its slate and minerality were enough to get Flintstone on the job. Incredible stuff

3y 5m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Michel Niellon . In a tasting of  28 wines 

“This evening was really about Soldera.
As good as the 1978 DRC Richebourg and 1982 Krug Clos du Mesnil were, I will write first about the 1982 Soldera. This was a rare beast, and a good descriptor. Fresh, shy yet deep, this was a perfect bottle of aged Soldera, and its palate revealed red cherry, leather and that Soldera twang that makes it so unique. Fleshy and chewy, it left a vivid imprint on my palate and on my mind (97p).


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While the 1985 was off, the 1986 was another stunner, definitely in the outstanding category with its tasty, nutty character. The 1987 was deeper, darker and bigger, but its personality didn’t exude as much pleasure as the 1986. 1988 was another outstanding example, ‘rocking’ and consistent with its dusty, spicy, leathery and sandpapery qualities. There was great acidity in this ‘different experience.’ The 1993 was another theoretically lesser year that delivered above its weight class. It was rich and buttery, honeyed and delicious with signature profiles. ‘Burnt beans’ added to the usual twang. 1995 added egg yolks to the usual mix, arguably part of the usual twang. The 1999 was also solid, while the 2000 was one of the redder fruit wines of the family.
The 2001 was the only disappointing one, and the 2004 was just too young and too sweet at this point. The 1990 (97+) was a monster, a man amongst boys even by Soldera’s standards. It is arguably one of the greatest Italian wines made, ever. Got my Soldera paragraph in, I feel better now. That deserves its own article, but it is just one part of one night during this insane stretch, and about thirty notes are already missing!


I stayed in New York, and later that week we had another Acker Paulee, again in honor of the Tale of Two Cellars auction that would happen two days later. After thirty-two wines, I stumbled out of there in fine, Acker fashion.”

5y 5m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Michel Niellon . In a tasting of  51 wines 

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