Chablis Premier Cru 'Côte de Lechet', La Chablisienne

Type: White Wine
Style: Rich & Complex
Vintage: 2018
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13.0%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Pairing Notes
White Meat
Wine Notes
Now - 5 Yrs
Flavours Honey, Mineral, Peach
About the wine

Of the Premier Cru sites in Chablis, the Côte de Lechet is graced with the most sun. It sits almost completely on its own on the left bank of the Serein river and receives the sun from dawn till dusk. Thanks to its unique position, Premier Cru wines from Côte de Lechet tend to be ready to drink sooner than their siblings and this example from La Chablisienne is no exception. The nose is abundant with flavour, notes of jasmine and ripe apple dance with pear, honeysuckle and a soft vanilla spice. There is a beautifully ripe tone on the palate with juicy orchard fruits combining with a warm floral note and some ripe citrus. The body is firm and enveloping, paired confidently with a soaring acidity and the characteristic mineral finish. The minerality is softer here though, almost sweet in nature, making this is a cracking wine to pair with meaty finish and strongly flavoured shellfish – try a hot shellfish platter or grilled monkfish.

Coming from the Kimmeridgian soils of the Côte de Lechet vineyard, these 25-year-old vines are left to soak up as much sun as is required in this south-west facing vineyard. Harvested earlier than many other Premier Cru sites, the grapes for this Chablis Côte de Lechet undergo cold fermentation before malolactic in tanks. The wine is then transferred to a combination of barrel and tank and rests on the lees for 12 months before bottling. To be enjoyed over the next five years, this is a sun-kissed Chablis to be savoured.

About the wine

La Chablisienne is a pioneering cooperative in Burgundy’s northern-most appellation famed for its finessed Chardonnay production. Over 300 individual growers contribute to the production of thirty different wines, no other producer is able to exhibit such range and diversity within this fascinating terroir.