Tasted in Maligny with Emilie Séguinot, 27 January 2021.
Emilie on 2020:
“2020 – From the perspective of working in the vines – hot but a relatively easy vintage but we harvested the end of August. We chose to acidify a little as the acidities were low – we had a little frost – but not too much in the way of damage – we had to get up early to check 4 times. Have installed some electric cables in 2 ha and plan to do more as it’s much more environmentally friendly than all the candles. we had a small amount of hail in Fourchaume in May but given the timing and lack of intensity not too much to worry about.”
Emilie on 2019:
Tasty, very good wine – we drink it with pleasure – there’s more acidity so I think these wines have more potential than 18 or 20 on either side – just three are bottled – the rest won’t be done for at least 3 months and we are still selling 18s right now. 2019 is a good vintage, correct in terms of quality and volume when compared to 18. We didn’t make the rendement as it was so hot – 52 hl/ha – I think we have a good vintage, a normal vintage, though we had to acidify a little.”
One great PC and three excellent other wines – not quite great but wines that you won’t regret drinking for their respective labels.
Currently, it’s all ‘technical corks’ of Trescases just at the moment – there was a time with DIAM but then one cuvée had a problem and the bottler and DIAM were blaming each other and it was really difficult to get a resolution – so today it’s just Trescases… There are also plenty of screw-caps in use at this domaine too. ‘Both work well, it really depends on a particular market’s acceptance.‘
That’s a lovely nose – a slight cushion to the agrume fruit – almost more green-skinned fruit. Round, silky, again lime-fruit. Mobile and delicious – that’s a super wine. Zesty in the finish. Bravo – lovely wine that expertly walks the line between easy and characterful.
An extra freshness here – of flowers too – that’s a lovely nose. More structural wine, more mineral and citric-acidity mouthwatering. This has a little of the seashore in the finish vs the agrume of the last wine. Excellent, classic Chablis!
2019 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
This bottled start of January
A finer fruit – more purity – more grapefruit than lemon/lime. In the mouth too – extra mouth-filling volume. Here is concentration balanced with freshness – not overtly energetic, more composed – indeed assured. That’s a very lovely finish, touched by the tannin of the vintage on the tip of the tongue. Excellent for sure.
2017 Chablis Demoiselles
Parcel selection – planted in 1986 – south-facing vine.
Floral above, concentrated below, and agrume concentration. Here is depth of flavour, of concentration, of mineral and mouth-watering flavour. A faint touch of finishing austerity that bodes well for the future – a little classic Chablis finishing despite the fruit at the end. That will make a lovely bottle – it’s already being appreciated by me.