About The Wine
This is a great blind taste where even seasoned veterans within the wine trade can easily miss. The aromas of sweet preserved lemon, wet stone, flint and sweet and dry herbs are a clear sign of the region and grape, but it’s the palate that can be deceiving. It’s fully endowed body and softer edges places on the right bank of the Serein River (which is where all Sebastien’s vines are located), carries power like a Premier Cru and can often be equal in body to some elegantly crafted Grand Cru Chablis; however, it’s not a true comparison in depth of complexity found in classified crus.
It comes from a collection of parcels located on the plateau of Portlandian limestone behind the Grand Cru slope and Premier Crus on the right bank and is not as mineral-sharp as Petit Chablis grown on the left bank on more pure stone soils. Many of the plots are new and some date back to the 1960s, giving an average of about 12 years of age (noted in 2019). The altitude ranges between 190-250 meters with multiple aspects, some flat and others steep.
This wine is naturally fermented 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).