Fourchaume is always one of the more decadent Chablis premiers crus, with its warm southwest facing exposure, catching the long afternoon rays. Unlike most of the Pinson premiers crus, no oak is used in its vinification or élevage, and so the wine offers a very pure, fruited, and rich expression of Chardonnay where primary fruit characteristics take centre stage. This has a racy nectarine character with a juicy ripeness on the palate.
Discreet but not invisible wood does not suppress the expressiveness of the mildly exotic dried yellow fruit, mineral reduction and oyster shell nose. Delicious and succulent medium plus weight flavors also possess ample amounts of dry extract that buffers the lemon-tinged acid spine shaping the racy, sappy and dry finish that reflects a sour lemon drop element. I like the energy and this too should age effortlessly over the mid-term. Sweet spot Outstanding. Drink: 2023+
Usually all tank but this year barrel because of the short crop overall. But it doesn't show it too much. In fact, there is a lovely weight to the wine, a fresh thread of minerals, then a gracious soft cashmere finish with good length. 4 stars.
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.