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Goedhuis, November 2016
Arguably this is the most complex of the premier cru vineyards, being the closest in proximity to the grand cru sites of Blanchots and Les Clos. At this early stage it was quite reserved, but its layered minerality and brooding nature will show how great Chablis evolves with age.
Burghound, October 2016,
Tasting note: This is at once more classic and more elegant with its ripe yet airy combination of pear, apple, mineral reduction and floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the refined medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the lingering, balanced and delicious finish where a hint of bitter lemon surfaces. Drink Dates 2020 + Score 90-92/100 Producer note: Régisseur Olivier Bailly, who works under the direction of Jérome Flous, the technical director for Faiveley, described the 2016 vintage as one that had a "difficult growing season and particularly so early on due to the serious frost risk and very wet spring but there was also strong mildew pressure and even some sunburned fruit in August. I chose to begin picking early because I thought that it was essential to preserve both acidity and freshness. As such we organized our picking teams to begin on the 19th of September and managed to get everything harvested by the 24th. Fruit cleanliness was varied as some parcels needed lots of sorting and others almost none at all. Yields were equally variable though across all of our vineyards the average was right at 32 hl/ha. Potential alcohols were very good at between 12 and 13% with reasonably good acidities and we had no trouble with either fermentation. As to the style of the 2016s, they're certainly ripe and concentrated but with good underlying tension as they're less obviously marked by the sunshine that is so evident in the 2015s. In fact, my sense is that if you combined 2014 and 2015 you'd have a result that pretty closely resembles 2016." Speaking of the 2015s, those revisited below were bottled between September and December 2016. I note for the benefit of readers that the Petit Chablis, Chablis and Tête d'Or wines are bottled under the Diam brand composite cork. Everything else is bottled under natural cork. In terms of the harvest, the Petit Chablis and Chablis vines are picked by machine and the others are harvested manually. Lastly, the old vines cuvée of the Mont de Milieu will no longer be bottled separately.
Bernard Billaud sold his estate to the Cote d’Or’s largest landowner, Maison Faiveley, in 2014 and it is heartening to see this famous Nuits St Georges house both maintaining and driving the quality ideals of this great Chablis estate ever further forward. This substantial domaine of 17 hectares comprises exceptional vineyard sites including four premiers crus and four grands crus. Mature vineyards and minimal use of oak produce crisp and driven wines which are delicious in youth and fabulous with some age. The individual terroirs always shine through.
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.