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CHABLIS GRAND CRU BLANCHOT 2016

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Varietal

100% Chardonnay.

History

Since a law was passed in 1938, around 100 hectares of south/south-western facing vines that benefit from optimal exposure to the sun and stretch out in a crescent shape along the right bank of the Serein river are entitled to bear the Chablis Grand Cru appellation. The seven single vineyards or “climats” that have contributed to the international reputation of the Chablis region's Great White Wines are: Les Clos, Vaudésir, Valmur, Blanchot, Les Preuses, Grenouilles, and Bougros.

Origin

This Grand Cru is sourced from a select plot of vines grown on white chalky scree soils which gives rise to the name Blanchot.
The soil is heavy and is strewn with small fossilized oysters known as “Exogyra Virgula”.

Vinification and maturing

- Long pneumatic pressing
- Static settling
- Alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tanks
- After 3 days, 40
% of the juice was transferred to fine-grained 1-2 years old barrels from selected origins
- Malolactic fermentation completed
- Both the wine in barrels and the tank-fermented one were stirred
- Racking in October
- Aging on fine lees for 14 months

Tasting notes

Brillant yellow golden colour.
Already intense and complexe nose with notes of grilled almonds and pineapple.
In the mouth the wine is rich with fine and elegant woodiness, good length and a finish that returns to mineral notes.

Food and wine pairing

This elegant Grand Cru will be perfect for all grand dishes such as lobster or grilled turbot and all fine sea food : scallops, crayfish, sashimi, urchins. Enjoy also with a creamy cheese and even caviar.

Serving suggestions

Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C. (54 to 57°F.).

Ageing potential

5 years and more.

Vintage : 2016

Vintage 2016 was really rough on us in Burgundy, but it was nothing compared to the living hell we went through in Chablis! It all started with a mild winter followed by a chilly and rainy spring that lead to a bud bursting in mid-April. We could have settled for that, as we were in the average trend of the 10 previous years.  Unfortunately, a first frosting incident in the end of April caused some huge damage in the vineyard. The first assessments estimate that about 20% of the Chablis vineyard was harmed...and if the vines were to grow again, the new vegetation would not bear fruits. The damage even went to the extent of jeopardizing the pruning for the next vintage. It was a hard blow to take, and the gloomy weather that seemed to settle didn’t help much: the growth slowed down and the vegetative cycle started running late.  And as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours...a second frosting incident causes new damage in the vineyard, leading to increased gaps in the development of the plots. Then, in mid-May, a hail storm comes in line and hit strongly the north of Chablis. As if this was not already bad enough, a second hail storm hit the south of Chablis as well as a part of Auxerrois. Still, a rainy weather prevents the vines to grow as expected and also generates mildew attacks. In spite of everything, the flowering occurs in mid-June in an unhealthy climate where mildew causes real damage in the development of the grapes. In August, the extremes reversed and hot temperatures settle. Which in a way was very positive as it allowed for a decontamination of the vines, but lasted a bit too much and created sunburns on the left grapes. Finally, the ripening was quick and harvesting began on September, 26th. The yields are very low and also very variable because of all the weather incident that showered over the vineyard. Fortunately, the wines – although still in their ageing period – are already full of fruit, very pleasing and well balanced.