Tasted in Chablis with Sylvie Quittot, 13 January 2016.
25 rue Emile Zola
Tel: +33 3 86 18 85 73
Poor Patrick – he needed an operation on his foot, but Sylvie was on hand and stepped-in to make the tasting.
Sylvie on 2015:
“2015 of course had some hail; like most people we started to harvest Tuesday afternoon for the most touched parcels. There wasn’t a great impact on the volume here, because we mainly contract to buy certain volumes.”
Sylvie on 2014:
“A very nice vintage; très Chablis, with a nice balance between acidity and alcohol. We should really save these bottles, but they are so very tasty. They are directly salivating wines in 2014, the alcohol isn’t too high, which helps make very ‘digestible’ wines.”
What a great set of wines in this vintage. The older wines also showed much class – I was particularly taken by the 2010 villages Chablis, the Terroirs de Fyé!
Bottled in May.
Nice, almost vibrant nose – very faintly with agrume. A little fat, plenty of balance, flowing flavour and faintly saline – ooh this is lovely. Not a hint aggressive, just giving. Bravo!
More limestone here versus the clay of Courgis.
A weightier nose, a hint of agrume, also in the direction of flowers. Wider, a more mineral and mouth-watering impression, yet at the same time less overt energy – very different but beautiful flavour in the finish – direction of mandarin. Simply lovely. Two great wines to start!
2014 Chablis 1er Vaillons
From ‘Melinots’ at the end of the valley – which is also the warmest part of that cru.
A very different aromatic, a hint volatile impression. Wide and complex, fresh too, an obvious salinity, layers of flavour, a hint of volatility too. Great flavours though…
2014 Chablis 1er Vaulorent
A fresh nose, top notes and bass too – not so wide to start. Big in the mouth a certain cushioning but intense flavour that’s layered and interesting, indeed very tasty! Showing much better than the last wine. Really a great finish again! Super long!
From the plateau. Opposite Preuses.
Wide and a little floral. Ooh! Now that’s mineral! A really good texture, but wide and mineral is the panorama, but the moment you swallow this really opens and changes becoming more communicative, more complex, rounder and edge of sweetness. Really a special Bougros!
2014 Chablis Preuses
Also th GCs bottled from July.
A lovely depth and aromatic complexity. Also a very fine and very wide mineral palate. Here more mouth-watering with sweeter complexity – this doesn’t wait for you to swallow before it tries to break-out from what binds it – also very much a super wine. Less obviously mineral so a little easier to drink than Bougros today – being the enjoy-er of pain, I’d take the Bougros first!
A small collection to finish:
Deep nose – it vibrates, it also shows development – very attractive. Not the sweetest but very tasty, complex now, lots of different directions and flavour – really super in the mid-palate. This a beauty today!
2009 Chablis Terroirs de Chablis
A little wider nose with less impact than the 2010, nice notes of complexity and certainly some more mature development. Fresher, larger, lovely complexity again, like the nose some savoury notes but they have a certain sweetness that always complicates the description. Blind, you would never guess villages – super!
2009 Chablis 1er Montée de Tonnerre
Less deep but a lovely width of aroma, very faint, clean mushroom note. Lots of width, lots of minerality – really complex – maybe a hint of distracting coconut? – But just another part of the complexity, perhaps caramel too but very, very long and tasty wine. Yum! Apparently there was 1 new barrel!
2011 Chablis Blanchots
Tight to start – a nice floral top note, but little else. Slowly widening with air, a sweet note (from oak?) but stubbornly tight. Lovely texture and clearly a wine of layered flavour, modest minerality – slowing increasing, mouth-watering intensity, and a roundness and sweetly caramel impression of barrel. Really a more obvious caramel impression in the finish, which is narrower than the 14s for example. A very tasty wine, but for drinking sooner I think.