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Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2018
France
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Per Bottle: $55.00
Per case of 6: $330.00
 
Producer: Domaine Gautheron
Vintage: 2018
Production Area: Chablis
Type: White Wine
Alcohol: 13%
Description:

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Domaine Gautheron

Domaine Gautheron is situated in the village of Fleys, to the east of the town of Chablis, and overlooked by the steep slopes of Les Fourneaux.  In 1997, Alain Gautheron (5th generation), joined his father Jean at the family Domaine.   At that time, the Domaine comprised 8 hectares of land in total, producing around 10, 000 bottles a year. 

By the year 2000, Jean had retired and Alain was joined by his son Cyril- who helped to modernize the Domaine and winemaking practices.  Today, Domaine Gautheron consists of 25 hectares of vineyards spread across Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premier cru appellations. Cyril now oversees the daily operations and their annual production has increased to approximately 150,000 bottles. 

Domaine Gautheron holds utmost respect for the land that they have inherited from previous generations.  Their farming philosophy reflects this, as they employ Lutte raisonée (“supervised control”) practices; where yields are kept lower by green harvest and pruning and only natural solutions are used to combat pests and diseases.  They are dedicated to the preservation of the purity of their land;  to ensure the continuity of their philosophy and production for future generations.

The vines are planted to Chablis’ famous Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soils.  The soil in the village of Fleys’, in particular,  is unique in its particularly high content of fossilized snails.  These soils lend to the distinct flavor profile that can be found across the range of wines that Domain Gautheron produces.  

The Vaillons 1er Cru is located on the left bank of the Serein river.  Here, Gautheron’s 80-year-old vines are planted mainly to Kimmeridgian limestone soil, covered by a layer of dense clay.  The vines have a strong southern exposure where wind can easily circulate, lending to an ideal microclimate for healthy grape growing.  Grapes are hand-harvested and once at the winery, a soft, pneumatic pressing occurs allowing for the selection of the best juice without risk of crushing or oxidation.  The juice is left to settle for 8-hours, keeping only the fine lees.  Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in temperature-controlled vats (16–18 ° C) for approximately 3 to 4 weeks.  Malolactic fermentation follows and extended aging on the lees (yeast cells) to increase the texture and aromatic complexity.  The juice is racked in order to naturally clarify the wines prior to bottling. 
 
Taste: A fresh, savory, and complex expression of Chardonnay from the Vaillons Premier Cru of Chablis.  The wine hosts tart and ripe red apple, bosc pear, and quince.  The fruit is enveloped with layers of white chalk minerality,  acacia flowers,  parmesan cheese, and sourdough bread. The wine is dry, medium-bodied, with long length.
Cellaring Potential: Drink now or age 8+ years.
Food Matching: A great aperitif or pair with raw shellfish, stuffed mushroom caps, poached halibut, or with a pungent cheese (such as Epoisses).

 

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Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2018
France
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2018