About The Wine
Typically an extroverted wine, it impresses on the nose with classic Chablisienne characters of freshly struck flint, wet stone and citrus. The palate is alive with textural grit and dimension and fresh acidity. The savory fruit impressions seem hardly touched by a drop of sunshine and this wine demonstrates how complex a Chablis Village wine can be.
A good portion of Sebastien’s stable of talented Chablis Village vineyards face the Grand Cru Blanchots and sit just west on the hill home to the great 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre. The soil in this particular spot is unusually brittle Kimmeridgian marl that is friable, coarse and sharp compared to most in Chablis; a close look at the soil under a magnifying glass reveals a composition of almost pure decomposed fossilized miniature oyster shells and not much else. This parcel with the mix of others planted between 1980s-2000s and a range of altitudes and expositions from west to north on the calcium rich clay right bank of the Serein brings a multidimensional mineral-rich wine of depth and character with more roundness and weight compared to those from other side of the river.
This wine is naturally fermented and aged in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation is completed in all of Christophe’s wines and bottling takes place after 7-8 months depending on the vintage—less time for lower acid vintages and more time for higher ones. It’s fined with bentonite (a natural clay) and filtered with diatomaceous earth (fossilized sedimentary algae with a silaceous skeleton).