The high clay content of the Montmain soil was an advantage in this warm vintage. It meant the vines had good water reserves and the vineyard remained cool on the hotter days of June and July. Delicate citrus aromas on the nose lead into a restrained flavour profile on the palate. The wine’s refreshing acidity gives drive to its filigree weight. It is a tightly coiled style of Chablis premier cru, with just a touch of flinty reduction, and light salinity on the finish.
The slightly more humid location and the higher clay content of the Montmains soil were a distinct advantage in this vintage, according to Laurent. It meant the soil had good water reserves and the vineyard remained cool on the hotter days of June and July. There is a wonderful balance between fresh lemon sherbet and white fruits. Surprisingly subtle, with a real elegance on the long and persistent finish. A delight.
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.