Tasted in Fleys with Eve and Jean-Pierre Grossot, 17 January 2019.
Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot
4 route de Mont de Milieu
Tel: +33 3 86 42 44 64
Eve on 2019:
“The year was relatively easy – without maladies or much frost – we lit some candles but there wasn’t a lot of damage. The flowering could have been a little better, but with the heat and dryness, there are some similarities to 2018 but with a bit more alcohol and more acidity too. The 1ers brought only half a harvest, Chablis was better, saved by a few parcels here and there, such as in Fontenay but still not much more than about 37 hl/ha. Some fermentations were a little slow, but all are done now the malos too.”
Eve on 2018:
“Of-course it was an easier vintage than 2019, high maturity with a little lower acidities. No hail, no frost and a good flowering. There was the dryness of August that caused some blocking of the maturity, but older vines didn’t have a problem as they could reach enough water. We had no idea of the volume that we would have, particularly when combined with the maturity and completely clean grapes!”
Here’s a domaine that usually makes more classic than ripe wines, though some of the 2018 fruit turned out to be unavoidable – these are flamboyantly finishing wines though – just so delicious!
The last of the 2018s, practically, were being bottled when I visited – another bottling of the Chablis remained. DIAM 5 remains the closure of choice here, some 10s now being used for the 1er Crus, though the team seem unsure if that may be overkill:
Usually from 13 hectares of vines.
That’s not a big nose but it’s perfumed. Round, a richness, but beautifully mouth-watering. There is a minerality and an energy, though the texture is super smooth, the wine has no overt salinity. A surprise with a burst of nice mineral favour to finish – and long too.
2018 Chablis ‘Part des Anges’
Wasn’t enough volume to make this in 2016. A parcel selection – always the same when made – opposite the domaine right next to the 1er cru. Bottled just a couple of hours.
A fresher and more mineral nose. More attack here, mineral, nicely incisive – this is an excellent wine a good 2018 Chablis! The finish is very expressive, indeed delicious – excellent!
2018 Chablis 1er Troëmes
Not many who bottle with this label. Mainly sold in France. Botted in July.
More depth of aroma, yellow fruited. Rounder, waxy, silky texture – a wine of concentration, again it’s the finish where the wine bursts into life. That’s a super finish once more – complex, floral, mineral and energetic – yes!
2018 Chablis 1er Vaucoupins
For us, we find that this place always puts the terroir before the vintage.
This with a little more mineral slightly reductive interest on the nose. In the mouth too, this is mineral, wide, slightly reductive and the first with an obvious salinity – a wine that you should have a little patience for – but you will be rewarded. Excellent wine.
2018 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
Here’s a compact nose – the impression of purity but it’s not showing much. That’s rather good in the mouth though, with a little touch of salinity and a lot of mineral width. Bursting with extravagance and life in the finish again – so good here!
2018 Chablis 1er Les Fourneaux
Some oak elevage partly in demi-muids, all old. Bottled yesterday.
Ooh – a more open, complex and really attractive nose – a little floral in the mix too, perhaps a suggestion of oak too. Rounder, layered, yes some oak here, but a wine of delicious flavour that radiates out from the core. Long, long and tasty – not the burst of finishing flavour of the previous wines though.
2018 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
Was being bottled in the courtyard as we tasted. This has a mix of tank and oak elevage but in 2016 and 2017 it was only wood as there was so little.
A smaller nose again, a little granular style of complexity. Compact in the mouth but with great texture again and flavour that slowly expands to encompass the palate. Really a growing delicious finish – fine persistence. Again not the burst of finishing flavour of the not-oaked wines but it’s anyway delicious!