Terroir: limestone soils
Introducing the brilliant Chablis of Sebastien Christophe, an up and coming shining star in the firmament of the Chablis region! From my first sip of this wine I knew it was a winner. Classical and delicious it checked all the boxes that make wine from this cool northerly Burgundian outpost so inimitable – mineral, check; stony, check; saline, check, tightly wound core of green apple and feint citrus, check – you get the picture!
This is partly sourced from vineyards that face Grand Cru Blanchots vineyard, just west of 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, mainly very friable Kimmeridgian soil loaded with fossilized tiny oyster shells – pretty high pedigree! The balance comes from an assortment of other parcels on the Grand Cru side of the Serein River, bringing complexity, class and breed well above its modest price.
Grapes are hand harvested, fermented naturally in stainless steel tanks for a couple of months, then aged for 7-8 months in stainless steel before bottling. Nothing fancy, no tricks, no oak – just pure, unabashed mineral laden, beautifully focused Chardonnay from a region that makes it like no other.
If you are like me there is no substitution for a cool, crisp glass of Chablis – absolutely perfect with all kinds of mild seafood – sushi, crudo, fluke, flounder, Dover Sole, shrimp, stone crab and so much more, as well as cheeses like Epoisses. In stock now, more arriving Friday, open to taste all week! Cheers, Chris