Domaine Christophe et fils

Collections - 2019 Chablis Six-Pack

  • 2019 Petit Chablis × 2

    48 in stock

  • 2019 Chablis × 2

    47 in stock

  • 2019 Chablis, Vieilles Vignes × 2

    8 in stock

4 in stock

Price: $208.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

4 in stock

Type of Wine: White
Grape(s): Chardonnay
Style: High acid, Mineral

INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Terroir: Sebastien’s Chablis Vieille Vignes is alive with textural grit and dimension. It’s a powerhouse Chablis 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, unfolding one layer after another 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 premier cru wines.

Vinification: The grapes are picked by hand, pressed, settled in tank overnight, then racked off the heavy sediments after one day before beginning its low temperature fermentation. The spontaneous wild yeast fermentation lasts between 1-2 months and takes place in stainless steel (85-90%) and 228-liter oak barrels (10-15% in 5-6 year-old wood). Battonage (stirring) is sometimes made, but only in the steel tanks and the frequency depends on the vintage—warm years nothing and in colder ones no more than two times. The first SO2 addition is made after the press before fermentation and the second (and sometimes the last) after both fermentations have finished.

Aging: Aged for 12 months in 10-15% old oak 228-liter barrels (5-6 years old on average) with the remainder in stainless steel. It is fined and filtered.

(Subjective and based on young wines)

General Impressions:

Mineral, Metal, Stony, Dense, Ocean Spray, Dried Citrus Peel, White Fruit Flesh,

Mineral Impressions:

Lightly SaltySaltyMetalMineralWet StoneFlintGraphiteReductivePetrol

Ageability:

Drink YoungShort-Term BenefitsLong-Term BenefitsUnknown

Technical Precision:

NatureModerateNurture

Intensity:

SubtleVigorousElectric

Core:

LitheMediumDense

Texture:

LitheMediumDense

Body:

LightMediumFull

Tannin:

NoneLightMediumFull

Finish:

FrontMiddleBack

Wood Presence:

NoneSubtleNoticeable

The Vineyard

Soil:

Kimmeridgian limestone marl and marne (limestone rich clay)

Farming:

SustainableOrganic CertifiedBiodynamic CertifiedUncertified Naturalist

Irrigation:

ForbiddenNeverSometimes

Vine Age:

Planted in 1959

Altitude (meters):

150

Aspect:

West and North

Slope:

Steep
(typical numbers; not vintage specific)

Enological Additions:

Sulfur Dioxide. It’s fined with bentonite (a natural clay) and filtered with diatomaceous earth (fossilized sedimentary algae with a silaceous skeleton)—both are natural products.

Total SO2:

None AddedVery LowLowMediumHigh

Alcohol:

12.5 - 13.25

pH:

3.15-3.25

Titratable Acidity:

N/A

Residual Sugar:

Dry

Notes compiled in 2019 by Ted Vance (The Source) and Sebastien Christophe