Tasted in Chablis with Cyril Testut, 10 January 2017.
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Cyril on 2016:
“In 2016 we were not touched in the premier and grand cru vines, but our Chablis suffered both frost and hail. Here about 50% was lost – really it was hardest from the perspective of mentality going forward. And our stocks will be low. The problem is that many clients have brought forward orders based on the reported lack of wine!”
A mix of DIAM and natural cork are used here – Chablis and Vaillons using DIAM5. The first wines were a little contemplative but were excellent thereafter. Cyril notes that a number of his 2015s unfortunately caught the hail…
2015 Chablis Vieilles Vignes
Right bank vines of about 50 years of age.
This has a very inviting mix of yellow fruit and flowers, lovely. In the mouth some fat, mouth-watering flavour, really a growing intensity. This is a slow-burner of a wine whose beautifully packaged flavour creeps up on you. And what delicious flavour! The finish is very impressive too!
2015 Chablis 1er Vaillons
Some of the oldest vines, planted in the late 50s/early 60s. From Beugnons. A little less than 1 month in bottle
A wide and floral nose. Beautifully textured, slightly padded, growing intensity of flavour, ripe yellow fruit but not a hint facile – a growing, swirling interest on the palate. Contemplative wine but long, and saline, modestly mouth-watering. I’d like a hint more energy, but that doesn’t take away how delicious this wine is…
Also bottled – done beginning of November.
Wide, a really fine and vibrant base to this aroma. Beautiful, clean lines, cool fruit and good texture. This is gorgeous in the mouth, once more delicious and really a wine that you could age and age. Brilliant stuff – bravo! The last flavours are very mineral.
0.20 ha vines, the same age as Beugnons. Only replaced with massale selections. No acacia barrels this year, a mix of tank and demi-muid (oak)
This nose is a little tighter, modest but attractive yellow citrus notes. Hmm, very wide, fine textured, growing mouth-watering complexity, a slightly harder minerality, but it melts gorgeously in the mid-palate.
2015 Château de Grenouilles
0.32 hectares – the high part with the other producers – Chablisienne has all the lower part. Father planted in the 60s. Now in bottle.
Tight up top but open and deep below, this nose is slowly augmenting with discreet points of citrus. Fresh, cool, clean fruit – the most incisive, mineral – even a little mineral rigour – it bursts with extra, intense flavour in the mid-palate. Again tighter but still long in the finish. Really excellent wine!