Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2016

The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the “Golden Gate of Burgundy”, is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.

Terroir: One of Chablis’ most famous Grand Crus, Les Blanchots is a 12 hectare vineyard sitting directly east of Les Clos with a more easterly/ slightly southeast exposure. The hillside here is steep and soils are well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).

Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 14 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

Additional Information

Bright and clear with a golden-green hue and attractive sheen. The refined and delicate nose discloses floral notes such as acacia and lime blossom and a touch of citrus fruit. The palate is dense, round and rich with an aromatic bouquet characterized by toasty notes and dried fruits. The finish is long, taut and very mineral.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 12ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 45+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 950 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Stony underneath the peach, apple and melon flavors, this white is balanced and tense. The tangy acidity evokes a juicy impression, driving the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024.
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
    (just a single barrel produced from a very small crop with a yield of around 15 hectoliters per hectare): Bright, light yellow. Sexy, sappy aromas of lime, white peach and spices. Suave, silky and delicate, offering both good volume and noteworthy delineation; nicely filled in and balanced from the start. Fresh yellow fruit flavors display serious concentration and subtle sweetness. Finishes lively, spicy and long, and not edgy like the Valmur and Bougros.
    Grade: 91-93 Points
  • Score: 92 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
    "(from a small .18 ha parcel of vines planted in 1971 that directly abut Les Clos; note that one of the few changes that Faiveley has made to the winemaking style involves radically reducing the oak program for this wine which prior to the sale was notably generous; from yields of only 15 hl/ha in 2016). Reducing the wood doesn’t mean eliminating it as there is noticeable oak influence on the ripe, pretty and relatively elegant white orchard fruit, mineral reduction and seashore scents. There is fine volume to the caressing full-bodied flavors thanks to the ample amount of dry extract coating the palate on the more intensely mineral-driven finish. At present this needs to develop more depth to merit the top end of my predicted range but it may well accomplish that in time."

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