The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the "Golden Gate of Burgundy", is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.
Terroir: The name of this climat comes is derived from ‘Laurent’, the name of a landowner in this valley: ‘la vallée au Laurent’. This Premier Cru is officially composed of the following lieux-dits: ‘Les Quatre Chemins’, ‘Les Couvertes’ and ‘La ferme de Couverte’. It is a sub-climat of ‘Fourchaume’ and could be considered as the 8th Grand Cru. 1er Cru Vaulorent is a large 155 hectare vineyard sharing a similar terroir to the Grand Crus located just to the south and adjacent to Preuses. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).
Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 14-16 months entirely in stainless steel. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Good underlying mineral and a firm structure set the stage for peach, melon, apple and lemon flavors here. Balanced, elegant and long on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright light yellow. Slightly musky scents of fresh apricot, ginger and iodiney sea spray. Juicy, nicely intense, fresh wine with surprising energy but still tight. (Winemaker Bailly says this was picked a day after the Fourchaume but I would have guessed the opposite.) A substantial, silky wine with length and smoothness, building nicely on the firm, gripping finish. Winemaker Olivier Bailly says this wine was opulent and exotic last year like the 2016 is today--but not in bottle.
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