A recent trade tasting gave us an updated insight to the wonders the Chardonnay grown across this region. From Petit-Chablis through to Grand Cru’s the mineral drive of these wines is something to really think about from a cellaring point of view. With high acidity, balanced fruit and a range of complexities from winemaking, barrel work and battonage, putting few Chablis down for a medium term rest is sure to reward.
So whilst the winemakers will have you believe that every vintage is winner, the semi-marginal climate in this Central North area has in recent years been a tricky beast to tame. With hail and frost decreasing yields and in some cases wiping whole vineyards out, it can be a hard place to grow quality fruit. The tenacity of the local growers cannot be overemphasised, as a vertical tasting across recent vintages from 2011 showed high quality wines in all classifications from all years. Here’s a few to add to the cellar:
Duplessis Petit Chablis 2015
A tangy little wine this, not sure it would last in the cellar long perhaps one for drinking now. A little more weight than your average Petit, richer with a nice talky texture. Stone fruit and a bit of lees minerally. Organic since 2007 and certified in 2013. Super affordable tasty entry into Chablis $45
Le Domaine D’Henri – Chablis 1er Cru Troesmes – 2015
Situated on the left bank of the river, a warm site which has produced a super aromatic 1er in 2015. Whilst not quite to the complexity and intensity of the Grand Cru’s it was an instant drink pleasure and is looking great. Give it a few years for further texture and weight. $90
L&C Poitout – 2015 Stellaris Chablis 1er cru Vaucoupin
Crackling with intensity and high tension but still with a high drinkability factor. Really zingy Chablis that’s busting traditional winemaking on its head. From an exposed site West of the village of Chichree. A fine balance of fruit power and pure acid line. Will hold 3 to 7 years in the cellar with ease. $70