CHABLIS, vieille vigne
The grape grows in a vineyard of 1 hectare under the appellation Chablis, which is 50 years of age and extremely well exposed to the sun. The winemaking of this vintage highlights the full character of the terroir. 25% of this wine is fermented and aged in oak barrels with regular "batonnage" over 12 months. The remaining 75% is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks on fine lees over the same time period.
The final blend offers a rich, full-bodied wine whose delicate bouquet occasionally denotes hints of honeysuckle. This wine can be kept for 3 to 4 years before drinking. Ideal with fish and grilled poultry.
(AM=87-89) Here too there is just enough wood lurking in the background to mention on the very ripe white and yellow orchard fruit that is trimmed in quinine and algae nuances. There is also a touch of wood on the rich, sappy and nicely powerful medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the markedly dry finale. This is presently on the woody side but not excessively so. Note: from 45+ year old vines that see 20% oak but no new wood