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: Grand Cru Les Preuses covers 11.5 hectares sitting with an inlcined south/southeast exposure bordering Vaudésir to the east and Bougros to the west. 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 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.
Light yellow with a golden core. The nose is rich yet delicate and dominated by mineral, creamy, floral, honeyed notes and dried fruits. The attack is precise followed by a powerful and distinctive mid-palate that reveals its clay-limestone terroir. Citrus notes blend with mineral and iodised flavors in this remarkable wine from an exceptional terroir.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A bracing sea breeze of a white, whose brine, green fruit and mineral flavors show a mouthpuckering intensity. Finishes tight and flinty, with a mouthwatering sensation. Think oysters or scallops. Best from 2018 through 2028.
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses comes from 63-year-old vines and sees 16 months in 10% French oak, the remainder stainless steel. It has a lifted, oyster shell scented bouquet that is very well defined, even a touch of mint developing with continued aeration in the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, quite saline towards the finish with a long, lightly spiced aftertaste. This has great ageing potential and may merit a higher score down the line.
"(from the oldest vineyard of the domain; aged 50% in stainless steel and 50% in old barrels): Bright, pale yellow. Peachy fruit salad on the nose. Plush and very ripe but quite closed today, showing a creaminess of texture and a faintly phenolic quality but only moderate detail and nuance. Comes across as almost exotic following the Monte de Tonnerre. "This wine needs some oxygenation from old barrels," noted Bernard Hervet."
"A pungently complex nose is composed of petrol, citrus, white flower, pear and sea shore elements. The subtly mineral and highly complex flavors possess a highly beguiling texture before culminating in a strikingly long finish that is Zen-like in its harmony. This is a special effort that is worth the trouble to find."
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