About The Wine
Sebastien’s Chablis Vieille Vignes is alive with textural grit and dimension. It’s a powerhouse Chablis Village that comes from two parcels located in Fonetnay-près-Chablis, one parcel above the 1er Cru Fontenay and the other southeast of the village. These old vine parcels planted in 1959 by Sebastien’s grandfather render a wine that often starts rich and somewhat subtle in the nose (similar to a Saumur or Côte d’Or white when first opened) but narrows into a wine with a dense core of rich mineral impressions and begins to blossom and freshen up in the glass, eking out one layer after another and rewarding the patient drinker. The palate is dense at first but becomes lively and taut with more air. In many cases it can be equally or more compelling than Christophe’s 1er Cru wines.
This wine is naturally fermented in a mixture of 10-15% 228-liter oak barrels (5-6 year old barrels, none new) and stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation is completed in all of Christophe’s wines and the bottling of this wine takes place after twelve months. It’s fined with bentonite (a natural clay) and filtered with diatomaceous earth (fossilized sedimentary algae with a silaceous skeleton).