La Meulière – 2016

Update 22.1.2018(16.1.2018)billn

Tasted with Marie Bordier in Fleys, 15 January 2018.

Domaine de la Meulière
18, route de Mont de Milieu
89800 Fleys
Tel: +33 3 86 42 13 56

Nadine on 2017:
2017 is good! It’s rare to say in Chablis but we had no damage – there was frost, of-course, but we battled it well and it all worked out well!

Vincent (last year) on 2016:
Obviously it was a strange climate!

“In Milly we had ‘only’ the frost, but it cost us 50% of our harvest. Strong rain then mildew followed. We lost also due to coulure as it was hot when the frosted vines flowered. Areas not frosted had a normal yield. A small percentage was lost due to grillage (sun-burn), but it was a relatively insignificant amount vs what was lost to the frost. It’s looking like a typical vintage for Chablis – less fruit than 2015, more freshness, a good vintage with mediocre volumes.

The wines…

A very quick visit in 2018 as only two wines had been bottled and only those two were shown “The rest are in tank and we are finishing selling the 2015s first, before commercialising“:

A very easy showing Chablis – but with potential – and an altogether more classic Mont de Milieu…

2016 Chablis
Traditionally From 3 sectors; Beru, Chichee and (mainly) Fleys – 18 ha of Chablis in total. Bottled in the late summer before harvest. 30 hl/ha.
Deep, a faintly reductive twist. Round, supple, and easy entry and tasty fruit – adding a little more definition and clarity in the finishing flavours. Mouth-watering, easy, tasty wine but the finish is really top-level, which indicates to me that this will get better and better as it loses some ‘puppy-fat’…

2016 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
From 2.5 ha, 50 years average age of the vines. Same timing for bottling as the Chablis. ‘Even less yield than the Chablis – 2.5 ha brought 75 hl of wine’ – by my calculation, that’s still about 30hl/ha.
Wide, fine, mineral and very inviting – such a lovely nose. Round again but with more freshness of melting flavours – this has waves of really delicious mix of fruit and minerals. Excellent and already delicious. Long again and a more direct wine today compared to the Chablis. Yum!

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