Domaine Pinson Frères Chablis | Steely, mineral and supremely elegant

The wines of Chablis, while synonymous with quality and known the world over, are still in our eyes hugely underrated. Raveneau and Dauvissat are rightly prized, but there are others of a similarly superb quality that fly beneath the radar. One such producer, and a true star of the region, is Domaine Pinson Frères. Very much in the style of Raveneau: their wines are steely and mineral, with supreme elegance, yet are a tenth of the price.

Pinson’s standout Chablis are among the best value classic white wines in the market today. They own some of the crème de la crème of Chablis terroir and their Premiers Crus are between £20 and £24 per bottle on the table; what's not to love?!

Leading critic Neal Martin states, “Chablis articulates terroir with greater transparency than any other wine region… Aromas bursting with scents that evoke images of dew-dappled Granny Smith apples emitting an audible “crunch” when you bite into them. That tang of struck flint. The tension and energy sprung-loaded into great Chablis, the subtleties between various Premier and Grand Crus and mineralité suffused into every mouthful. In talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect.”

We are therefore delighted to offer Pinson’s delicious 2016 and 2018 Premiers Crus, from four of the most regal sites. On the right bank of the river: Fourchaume and Mont de Milieu and on the left bank of the river: Montmains and Forêt. Each vineyard is so unique and the prices so attractive, we highly recommend picking up a six pack of each for your own personal tour of the region over Christmas. You can rest assured they will be some of the most delicious wines you will drink, this year and next.
Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2018

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Pinson Frères

12x75cl 10+ £210.00 IB

12x75cl 10+ £284.14 Inc VAT

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2019

    A favourite amongst Chablis lovers, this cuvée has rich, hedonistic fruit flavours and uplifting brightness. With a hint of acacia honey and pineapple, Pinson’s 2018 is a supreme example of this premier cru and shows striking volume. Clotted cream undertones are lifted by flavours of grapefruit zest and blossom.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2018 Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru is bold and creamy in the glass, with striking textural richness. This is the only wine in the range done entirely in steel, and it is easy to see why, as the Fourchaume has so much natural intensity on its own. Dried flowers, mint and lemon confit are some of the notes that infuse the rich, sumptuous finish. The Fourchaume is a wine of real power and intensity. It is also wonderfully alluring.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2019,
    Score: 89-92

    There is a touch of residual malolactic masking the nose at present but otherwise there is good freshness, volume and focus to the slightly finer though still relatively robust flavors that display fine length if perhaps not quite the same depth. Still, given that this is still sorting itself out, that may well change. Drink: 2025+

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2018

Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Pinson Frères

12x75cl 10+ £210.00 IB

12x75cl 10+ £284.14 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2019

    The Pinsons own an impressive 4.5 hectares of this famous premier cru and it is their largest cuvée. This 2018 balances weight and intense, savoury flavours with a firm tension. There are notes of brioche and freshly cracked nuts on the finish.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2018 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru is impressive. Rich, pliant and beautifully layered, the Mont de Milieu is one of the highlights in this range. Perfumed aromatics and silky fruit add to its considerable appeal. A touch of oak in fermentation works so well here. Some of the wines in this range are more obvious and more showy, but few are as refined or as complete. The Mont de Milieu is so inviting.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2019,
    Score: 90-93

    Touches of the exotic are present in the form of lychee nut, dried apricot and white peach along with hints of petrol and quinine. The succulent and borderline oily medium weight plus flavors possess an abundance of dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the bitter lemon finish where an interesting hint of marmalade appears. This isn't classic but it is actually quite good. Sweet spot. Outstanding. Drink: 2026+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2019,
    Score: 91-94

    There is a slight tweak in the vinification of this flagship cuvee with 10% fermented in new barrel, otherwise all in tank. The Mont de Milieu shows a pale colour and a light green tint, consistent with the other 2018 Pinson wines. There are ripe white fruit notes to the bouquet, some power, a huge weight of white fruit on the palate and a little bit of sunshine behind. This is a weighty wine but I think it will keep the balance.

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2018

Chablis 1er Cru Montmain Pinson Frères

12x75cl 10+ £210.00 IB

12x75cl 10+ £284.14 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2019

    From the clay soils at the top of the Montmain hill, this 2018 has hints of lemon, vanilla and cream. A pleasing generosity of fruit gives an approachable style balanced with a touch of saline freshness.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2018 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru is wonderfully complex and nuanced. Spice, dried flowers, tangerine and hazelnut overtones add shades of dimension throughout. The 2018 is generous and plush, but also light on its feet, with veins of minerality that come alive in the glass. Ample and creamy through to the finish, the Montmains is so promising.

  • BURG

    Burghound, October 2019,
    Score: 89-92

    There is a whiff of wood serving as a backdrop for the spice and quinine-inflected aromas of white flowers and poached pear scents. The attractively textured and rich middle weight flavors possess a caressing but solidly intense palate feel before concluding in a sneaky long and bracingly dry finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. Drink: 2024+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2019,
    Score: 91-93

    From 65 year old vines grown on blue clay soil, one of the classic cuvees chez Pinson. Still a fresh pale colour, but the fruit is riper and more complex. Again there is some fresh apple but this time more freshly baked rather than green fruit. Really stylish with excellent length, just a spice or two at the back.

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Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tax status

  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.