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2016   2018  

Production area

Grapes for this appellation are harvested within the delimited areas of 20 villages, including the village of Chablis. It covers a surface area of 3 367,28 hectares, making it the largest AOC in Burgundy in size. 783,19 hectares are classified as Premier Cru within 40 Climats (including 17 main Climats). “Les Vaillons” covers a surface area of approximately 200 ha and is located to the south of the village of Chablis. “Premier Cru” is a distinction that is granted to certain vineyards where the wines have traditionally been considered to be of higher quality. Only 11% of Burgundy wines are entitled to this privilege.
This wine comes from the terroirs of Beugnon and Roncières. The average age of the vines is 45 years which allows an optimal concentration while keeping the characteristics of a fresh and balanced Chablis.

Origins

Burgundy’s soil is clay limestone based, yet it varies considerably from village to village. This renders the winemaker’s role all the more important when selecting the grapes.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vinification and maturing

- Pneumatic pressing
- Static cold settling of the musts
- Alcoholic fermentation started in stainless steel vats
- For the wine remaining in the stainless steel vats, fermentation for 7 to 10 days at controlled temperatures (18 to 20°C) to conserve as much fruit as possible.
- After 3 days, around 20% of the juice is drawn off and transferred into fine-grained wooden barrels for the continuation of the fermentation process.
- 100% malolactic fermentation.
- Ageing on lees for 10 months.

Tasting notes

Pale gold colour.
Very complex and expressive nose with notes of almond, peach and mandarin.
The mouth is fresh yet sweet with aromas of yellow fruits that support a nice minerality, long and persistant.

Food and wine pairing

Enjoy with fish in cream sauces, pike, lobster and fresh cheeses.

Serving suggestions

12 to 14°C

Ageing potential

5 to 10 years

Vintage : 2016

2016, if it is small by its quantity, is a great vintage by its quality
After a mild winter, nobody suspected that the spring would bring a polar spell hitting a record area of vines at the end of April with a devastating frost. The episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne region once again reduced the harvest, while exceptional rainfall also made things difficult in the vines.
Fortunately, June marked the start of a hot, sunny spell, and the vines started to get back on track. Flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, and the weather at the end of the season was fine. Harvesting began on 20 September and continued through to mid-October.
Vintage 2016 thus offers some fine surprises with wines of potentially high quality. The white wines have fine fruit aromas, are generous with good body and will be ready to drink while young whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and will be ideal for ageing.

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