Probably the most famous 1er Cru in Chablis. A new negotiant wine, currently not farmed organically, but in conversion. Famous for the tiny, concentrated grapes it gives, and the balance and complexity of its wines.
“A new negociant addition to the range, with a pretty pale lemon colour. This is steely through the middle, and then with characteristic opulence behind. Older barrels mark the wine less. Long ripe spicy finish.”
90-93 Jasper Morris MW 3 stars www.insideburgundy.com
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.