Tasted in Beines with Adrien Michaut, 21 January 2020.
Domaine de La Motte
41 rue du Ruisseau
Tel: + 33 3 86 42 49 61
Adrien on 2019:
“Beine is quite well protected from the frost, so we managed 50 hl/ha – we can be happy with the result versus many parts of Chablis – some areas were more like 30 hl/ha. I think 2019 has a better balance, and so, possibly better wines than 2018. Easy fermentations, nothing like I experienced in 2018 – I changed to a yeast that ferments a little faster and I think that was good idea.”
Adrien on 2018:
“A harvest that was unexpected; we thought we had another small harvest so it was a more than nice surprise! I started harvesting about 10-12 September so a week after many – I may have needed to correct the acidity in some tanks but what I brought in had great degrees. ”
I found a much riper fruit than many in Adrien’s wines this year – but the Beauroy was excellent and the most classic of the bunch this year.
All DIAM5 since 2013.
2018 Petit Chablis
A compact but concebntrated nose. Bright, sweet, intense, quite a ripe style – tasty if a little non-standard.
10% oak elevage here.
A slightly compact nose again. This wine also has some concentration – wide, vibrant acidity – ripe and sweet at the core, non-standard again – maybe a little steely minerality to finish but tasty wine…
2018 Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
40-60-year-old vines, some of the oldest vines today in Beines. Vines from grandparents. Here with some barrel and demi-muids for elevage.
Hmm – a more zesty nose – that’s inviting. Again plenty of concentration, plenty of sweetness again, but a width of deep minerality.
2018 Chablis 1er Vau Ligneau
Hmm – here’s a fresher and more saline aromatic impression. Intense, ripe but with an extra lift to the flavours versus the first wines – still sweet, but carried along well in the finish.
2018 Chablis 1er Beauroy
The best nose so far – good width and a faint salinity. Also the most overtly mineral and classic wine so far – such mouth-watering great minerality, a touch of green herb complexity too. Long and tasty in a saline style. Excellent!