1.5 hect across 4 parcels. Minots, Chatains, Epinottes and Vaillons. Not all parcels average age of 60 years old. All parcels vinified separated then blended before bottling. Across the 1er Cru’s this wine is often seemingly the most ‘exotic’, perhaps not in terms of weight but aromatics. Pressed straight into tank, no pre ferment racking or setting, wild fermentation, malo finished in tank and left on lees for 6 months. Then transferred to barrel, 10% new, total elevage of 12 to 18 months vintage dependant.
“The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is a blend of three climats in Vaillons, each vinified and raised separately and then blended prior to bottling. Citrus and floral notes add brightness to this decidedly taut, vibrant Vaillons. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018. There is plenty to look forward to, though. This is a Chablis with real potential” – 91-93 Points Antonio Galloni
Further North than Montmains which we tried beforehand. Here the depth and weightiness reveal itself a bit more, yet impressively without sacrificing much of the freshness that has made these wines so enjoyable. Here that lift is still present but with different aromatics. Getting more floral, lemon balm notes that lend more on the palate to the overall textural grip of the wine. Found this bottle still quite tense and restrained in a sense, but I’d imagine will flesh out more over time. – Will Lennox, FWC