3 bottles of each of the following wines
Domaine Grossot (Chablis) & Domaine Charleux (Maranges, Burgundy)
Only in April so don't miss out!!
Chablis AC 2017, Domaine Grossot @ €23.50
Following in the footsteps of her parents, Eve Grossot has now taken charge at this family domaine. She has chosen to continue the estate's focus on expressing the wonderful terroir of their land whilst translating this into more elegant, fine examples of Chablis. Following organic practices, her sights are set on all vineyards being fully certified organic by 2019. This Chablis has mouth-watering minerality and a wonderfully pure, appley fruit that electrifies the palate, whilst retaining a considerable richness for Chablis.
Chablis 1er Cru ‘Fourneaux’ AC 2015, Domaine Grossot @ €31.00
The juice begins its fermentation very slowly at low temperature in stainless steel tanks. Three quarters of the volume completes its fermentation and maturation on fine lees in tanks. For the other 25%, the fermentation begins in tank and the fermenting juice is then transferred into a combination of 228 and 600 litre oak casks, which are between 1 and 5 years of age. This part of the cuvée completes its fermentation in barrels and is then aged, with occasional batônnage, in these casks until May. The parts are assembled in June and the Les Fourneaux is bottled in September, before the new harvest. This Premier Cru is always the most generous and accessible of the Grossot Premier Crus, offering expressive floral, ripe pear, citrus and mango flavours, a juicy texture, and a long, mineral finish. This 2015 version is now mature and drinking beautifully.
Maranges ‘Vieilles Vignes’ AC 2016 @ €24.50
100% Pinot Noir
The vines now average 45 years and come from three separate parcels, to make up this lovely cuvée. Soft texture, supple mouth-feel, showing lots of hedgerow fruit; a 'melange' of raspberry and blackberry flavours. Earthy, slightly rustic, but beautifully ripe with some 'sous-bois' (undergrowth / forest floor aromas & flavours).
Good depth, fine texture & eminently satisfying. Drinks perfectly now and over next 18 months. Try with chicken.
Santenay 1er Cru ‘Clos Rousseau’ AC 2016 @ €29.95
100% Pinot Noir
Charleux’s Premier Cru Santenay has a beautifully soft texture and a refined mouth-feel. This is well concentrated, with notably refined, supple tannins and restrained flavours of a red fruit profile. Notably softer texture than the ‘Vieilles Vignes’, with flavours hinting at violet, plenty of red cherry, spice and pomegranite. Possesses a velvety mouth-feel and delivers fruit in spades. May not have the finesse of a Chambolle, but it certainly has terroir transparency, good depth and a price / quality ratio that is hard to beat. Just taste the Pinot fruit - very generous in the mout and impressively concentrated for this appellation. Tasted blind, could easily be fooled into thinking this emanates from further north!