Laurent vinifies 15% of the fruit in oak casks and then the assembled cuvée goes through a barrel élevage for eleven months in 2–8 year old casks. A creamy nutty wine, highlighting the excellent exposition of this premier cru vineyard. There is superb weight and volume, with lovely hazelnut characteristics on the finish. A wine with great density.
Tasting note: Here too there is just enough reduction to push the notably ripe and mildly exotic aromas to the background. On the plus side the concentrated and caressing medium-bodied flavors possess good mid-palate fat that buffers the moderately firm acid spine on the saline-inflected finish. I like the complexity as well as the relatively refined mouth feel and this well-made effort should be approachable young if desired. Burghound Score 92/100 Drink Dates 2022+ Producer note: Laurent Pinson calls 2016 one that "presented the region of Chablis with some real difficulties during the growing season such as frost, hail, mildew and sunburned fruit. I don't know how lucky we were or weren't because while we weren't hit much by hail and didn't suffer much mildew damage either as I treated very early, we were killed by the frost and had plenty of burned berries. We chose to begin picking on the 26th of September and brought in relatively clean fruit that didn't require much sorting. Yields though were another story as they came in between 25 and 32 hl/ha depending on the sector but we can't complain as we have neighbors that harvested absolutely nothing in certain parcels. Potential alcohols were perfectly reasonable ranging as they did between 12 and 12.5%. We chose to do a soft but long pressing and in hindsight I'm happy that we did as the must and lees were clean. As to the wines, I am reasonably happy with the results as they seem to be tightening up as the élevage progresses, which is a good thing. But even so and as good as they are, the 2016s are not going to make anyone forget the classic 2014s." Pinson noted that there will be no Cuvée Mademoiselles in 2016 due to the frost. He also indicated that the 2015s, revisited below, were bottled between September 2016 and January 2017.
The Pinson name is one of the most established in the town of Chablis; the family can trace its history there back to the 1640s. It is now run by brothers Christophe and Laurent, joined by Laurent’s daughter, Charlène. The family team oversee some of the finest parcels of old vines in the region from which they make extraordinarily fine and classical Chablis. They like to use oak barrels for maturation, although the influence of new oak is only ever a gentle whisper in the background of their steely wines. Their wines consistently show the raciness and elegance of fine Chablis.
Chablis is world famous for its fine white wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. The best vineyards are perched above the winding Serein river and are south or southwest facing ensuring better ripeness in this cooler climate. It has four appellation levels. Petit Chablis is the most modest and simple followed by Chablis, which is the largest and most prominent. Premier cru Chablis is the third largest appellation and encompasses almost 40 different climats or vineyards including the famed Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaumes and Mont de Milieu. The most noble of all Chablis are the grand crus of which there are 7 climats in total Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. The wines of Chablis have remained some of the best value in the world, particularly their superb grand crus which can easily cost 50% less than its closest revered white grand cru neighbour, Corton Charlemagne.