Charly Nicolle – 2013


DSC05931Tasted in Fleys with Lucie Thieblemont and Charly Nicolle, 14th January 2015.

Domaine Charly Nicolle
17, rue des Près Giraud
89800 Fleys
Tel: +33 3 86 42 80 08

This domaine’s winery is shared with another called Domaine de Mandeliere – which is Charly’s parents operation – they share everything – equipment, teams, et-cetera, right up until the start of the winemaking. Altogether it is the produce of about 30 hectares of vines that are processed here when combined the parent’s holdings, but Domaine Charly Nicolle itself covers 10 hectares.

Charly’s first tiny quantities were in the 2002 vintage, but his first bottlings were after Lucy joined about 3 years ago…

There’s a part of demi-muid elevage, but mainly it’s done in tank, with typically a full 12 months of elevage. A mix of 500 and 400 litres for the demi-muids.

Charly on the 2013s:
“I’ve spoken with my parents and others, and no-one has seen a vintage quite like 2013 – but it’s not just rich, there’s balance too – I think it will keep very well. It was a very small harvest due to coulure – some frost too, but not too much, and likewise porriture. But in the end there’s not much you can do when you have big stems with only 5 or 6 small grapes on them!

“This is a very expressive and open vintage. I think my longer elevage allows the wine to become a little deeper but also more open too.”

The wines…

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2013 Petit Chablis
From plateau above Fleys.
Clean round and inviting. Good weight and with some richness a little perfumed too. Very fine PC.

2013 Chablis
Some 500 litre barrel elevage – only started with oak in 2011.
Deep, faintly sweet, with a ripe fruit undertow. Lovely silky wine with very fine concentration. Also quite some perfume in the finish.

2013 Chablis les Fourneaux

Overlooking the village of Fleys – steep, south-facing, and very warm in the summer.
Medium yellow. Deep, with a faint, interesting herb – fine depth of aroma too. Lithe, soft and a little padded and silky but with fine underlying balance. Definitely quite mineral and with a fine elegant and long finish. Real finesse here.

2013 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
Also direct south-facing with less clay than Fourneaux but with more limestone. Fourneaux is more confined, whereas Mont de Milieu is more open to the west wind.
A very fine, wide and faintly spiced nose – discreet but very pretty. Super-silky, super mineral with cool fruit; discretion but confidence. Excellent wine! Super!

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