In my view good Chablis is just the most delicious drink. Ask any Chablisien what is so special about their wine and they will reply “freshness, purity of fruit, drive, minerality and, of course, terroir integrity”.
2015 wasn’t a “classic” Chablis vintage but that is in no way a bad thing. With warmer temperatures and more sun this is a vintage that you can get stuck into now. These three 2015s are straight out of the top drawer. What greater joy is there than drinking crisp juicy Chablis on a sunny day?
Watch this video to hear Hugo McMullen and Arthur Coggill discuss why they like this trio of 2015 Chablis.
We have worked with these three growers, Domaines Pommier, Billaud-Simon and Pinson, for a number of years. They each have their own distinct character and style, but all are totally respectful of vineyard origins.
The 1er Cru Troesmes (formerly known as Beauroy) from Pommier is really fruit forward with exotic notes backed by fresh acidity. It is dense, opulent and seductively textured. The Billaud-Simon 1er Cru Vaillons is much more floral and elegant by comparison, with great grip and precision. Rounding off the trio is the Grand Cru Les Clos from Pinson; it is surprisingly approachable already, but will also age well. This is high quality Grand Cru in every way!
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A superbly concentrated and intense grand cru, this wine showcases the Pinson penchant for purity. Limey citrus fruit is balanced with creamy Chardonnay flavours. Floral, intense and complexly layered, this is high quality Grand Cru in every way.
Whilst not the easiest premier cru to pronounce, the mid-slope position of this vineyard is considered the best location within the more recognised Beauroy Premier Cru, so from 2014 Isabelle and Denis have renamed their wine under its true lieu dit title. This is a very attractive wine focusing on citrus fruits, sherbet lemon and clementines. Harmonious and mellow and very moreish at the end.
Tasting note: A mildly exotic nose features notes of white peach, melon and iodine that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The dense, opulent and seductively textured medium weight flavors possess ample dry extract, all wrapped in a powerful if not especially vibrant finale. This too should drink well on the early side. Drink Date 2019 + Score 89/100 Producer note: The ever modest and succinct Denis Pommier described 2015 as a "very hot and dry vintage that didn't really give us any growing season problems as none of our vines were hit by the late August hail storm. The fruit was so clean due to the high heat that we were able to pick rapidly and since there was nothing of consequence to sort, we finished in record time. One of the interesting things we noticed about the wines is that rather than becoming heavy during the élevage they actually became more vibrant and terroir-driven." Pommier noted that he bottled the 2015s between December 2016 and March 2017.