Tasted in Fleys with Eve Grossot, 6th January 2017.
Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot
4 route de Mont de Milieu
Tel: +33 3 86 42 44 64
Eve on 2016:
“2016 was a bad year. We were 50% frosted, and then there was also a little hail at the end of the vintage. The rain in May and June required so much effort, with so many treatments – in the end we exited bio though probably too late. What was left was then a little grilled by the sun in August! In the end about 75%(!) was lost. At least the quality of the grapes was good – it was a good last part of the season. Fortunately it looks like the wines will be sympathetic.”
Eve on 2015:
“This was a magnificent vintage, and also with a fine rendement. There was a hint of hail in Fourchaume, but mainly it was the leaves that were pock-marked – so no issues – we were lucky. In the end we are happy. It could have been catastrophic if we’d had low yields in 2015 too.”
Diam 5 remains the closure of choice here. A very nice range as usual from this domaine.
3 different bottlings, this from the second in November, third not yet done – from 13 hectares of vines.
The nose is open and very faintly floral. Round, supple, easy but also with plenty of depth and weight of flavour – more and more mineral in the finish. A soft-ish but very tasty wine. The finish is very nice, just a little softer before, but tasty all the same.
Also bottled in November.
Hmm, lovely, a resonant depth of fine aroma here. Wide, nicely textures and with very fine mouth-watering flavour – ever more complex and tasty. Lovely wine… A nice touch of salinity in the finish too – this is really extra long. Super!
2015 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
Also a November bottling.
A lovely, mineral and citrus nose with a modest vibration – lovely! A little extra muscle, fine, intense, mineral and slowly mouth-watering too. A little more austere today but with extra minerality too. This will be excellent, but drink Vaucoupin today!
2015 Chablis 1er Les Fourneaux
About 25% oak elevage some in demi-muids, all old.
A little extra salinity in the aromas. Ooh, this is fine, pure and linear – mouth-watering – almost as austere as the last but the sweetly mouth-watering flavour balances. Cool personality but delicious stuff. Very tasty again.
The following not yet bottled:
A parcel selection, across from the domaine – a sunny site next to Fourneaux, two parcels, one a little more sunny than the other
A pretty, floral and faintly saline aromatic blend. Direct, mineral, taut – beautifully shaped wine. No obvious oak flavour, just delicious flavour. Top!
2015 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
In 2015 about half was vinified in tank.
A tighter nose but the depth of riper fruit has a fine fresh top-line. Also in the mouth this is fine, clean, mineral wine that grows and grows and at the same time the flavours melt over the palate. It’s easier to see some texture-modifying oak here but it’s not too distracting. Really a super wine showing a little tightness, but really a lot of potential.