This comes from plantings around the village of Fontenay-Près-Chablis in the heart of the Chablis appellation. The Vineyards lie on kimmeridgian clay, the classic soil type of Chablis, containing the fossilised remains of millions of tiny crustaceans. This gives the wines their classic mineral, smoky character. The oldest vines here were planted in 1960, giving their roots time to dig deep into the soil. Fermented and aged in stainless steel to emphasise terroir expression, the Chablis shows white fruit and oyster shell on the nose and a salty, mineral spine on the palate. Classic Chablis and utterly delicious.
About the Domaine
Gilles and his wife, Nathalie, combine wine-making skills to make wines where aromas, texture and flavour provide a haunting reminder that Chablis’ unique fossil-based clay soil is an ancient seabed. Their 15-hectare domaine comprises mostly of vineyards handed down to Gilles, as a member of Chablis’ pre-eminent family. The highly articulate Nathalie is a former winemaker at La Chablisienne. They offer a focussed portfolio of one Chablis, three 1er Crus and one Grand Cru, Les Preuses. All their wines are unoaked, except the flagship Vaulorent. This has 10% one/two-year oak, made from old vines which skirt the bottom of the Grand Cru Preuses, and has a vibrant definition.
The issue in Chablis is lack of stock due to frost and hail in 2016, where volumes are down by 60% in some vineyards.