Profile: Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret

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Tasted in Chablis with Eleni & Edouard, 20 January 2017.

Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret
19 Rue de Chichée
89800 Chablis
Tel. + 33 6 07 02 29 85

Edouard is the son of Patrice Vocoret. He met Eleni while they were both working in New Zealand. They did a little travelling before returning to Chablis. Here Eleni worked for a few producers, including Vincent Dauvissat, whilst Edouard worked more with his family.

In 2012 they began their preparations to produce themselves. In 2013 came some vines from Edouard’s father and grandfather – 5 hectares in Chablis, including a little 1er cru. When I visited they were putting the finishing touches to their new cuverie – an old building which they have renovated – and very nice it is too! The cuverie is compact, but shiny, and temperature controlled.

There are 3 lieu-dits here, vinified separately and each wears a different label. All are made the same way. Both fermentations are in tank, then the wines spend 6 to 12 months in barrel before returning again to tank. One of their three cuvées was lost in 2015 – due to hail.

About 80% of their produce is exported.

Edouard on 2016 and 2015:
In 2016 we can only be happy, we have a little more than half a harvest. In 2015 all our parcels were hailed 7 days before we planned to harvest – and the hail arrived at 2am!

The wines…

These wines probably won’t be bottled for about another 2-3 months – ‘We’re fans of long elevage.’ Here sampled from barrel.

A new address with a fine quality!

2015 Chablis Bas de Chapelots
Over 35 years old vines.
Ooh, that’s a pretty, citrus-fresh nose. Beautiful in the mouth. A little round, but alive, faintly textured, sweet and very rewarding. A slight touch of rigour right at the end. Some richness but expressive and delicious.

2015 Chablis Les Pargues
On the left direction Prehy, was one time, 1er. The same as chez Samuel Billaud.
Brighter, fresher, more mineral but still sweetly citrus inflected. A little richer texture, more saline, rounder but a fine mid-palate complexity.

2015 Chablis 1er Butteaux
A massalle selection that are 60 years old.
Beautiful, a little touch of florals, fine depth and a tighter on the width. Hmm. This has a little richness, roundness, but really fine energy and complexity. Yum!

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