Domaine du Chardonnay – 2019


Thomas Labille 2021 Domaine du ChardonnayTasted in Chablis with Thomas Labille, 15 January 2021.

Domaine du Chardonnay
Moulin du Pâtis
89800 Chablis
Tel: +33 3 86 42 48 03
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Thomas on 2019:
2019? It was a good year for us. It was sunny and produced grapes with good maturities. We harvested a bit earlier – so most of the wines are around 12.5°. As for the volumes, I can only describe them as average. We have a little more volume in 2020 – but not a lot. The biggest problem in each of the recent years has been the drying of grapes on the vine – the grilling of the grapes – it seems to happen less with the millerand grapes though.

The wines…

The Petit Chablis was always a honey here, but I found less distinction in the wines that followed – but for the second consecutive vintage I see an extra clarity to the other wines – all are now very good to excellent.

Not all the 18s are yet sold so not all the 19s are yet bottled – they are hoping to start bottling the 1er crus from February:

2019 Petit Chablis
Vines in Beines, Prehy and the plateau behind the Grand Crus – 8 months in stainless steel and a little enamel for elevage – ‘We have a big 9-hectare parcel, so we are looking for something easy to drink.’
Wide, open, attractive citrus, almost with a little menthol extra. Always a lovely PC here and this is no exception; mouth-watering, nicely but not overly structured and very delicious.

2019 Petit Chablis No sulfur
Zero-added, even at bottling. But the notation about the elevage you will only find on the back label of this cuvée.
The nose implies more roundness of riper fruit – perhaps mirabelles. Extra intensity, clearly very mineral – fine clarity – a texture with some finishing tannin. And very long too – that’s a lovely wine.

2019 Chablis
A large, open freshness of aroma – very attractive. In the mouth, this is bubbling with energy, Round but with a nice cut. Very wide – a nice intensity and clarity of flavour – quite concentrated and long – very tasty wine.

2019 Chablis Paradis
Vines in Chichée
Very fresh – a lovely perfumed nose again a suggestion of menthol. More structural, for waiting for, but there is super clarity here and a delicious finish. Lovely width too…

2019 Chablis 1er Vosgros
Just under 1 ha a mix of 2 parcels, one steep and south-facing, plus another small parcel in Vaugiraud. Vine ages between 5-30. Like a Roman amphitheatre. Like the others all stainless-steel elevage, but here also with about 10% barrel.
Pure fresh, direct – a great nose – there’s even a little new oak in this – but I don’t see it in the nose. A saline extra on the palate – wide with fine clarity, easy over the palate – excellent wine.

2019 Chablis 1er Vaillons
From Epinottes and Roncières and a tiny part of Lys – the latter a relatively small 0.16 ha from a total of 1 ha. Here a little longer elevage again.
That’s a very lovely nose – of width, yellow citrus accents and a lovely grain of complexity. More direct, more density but always beautifully mouthwatering. Even better wine. Beautifully mouthwatering finish once more.

2019 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
0.69 hectares. Small parcels so one of the smallest cuvées here – Some barrel elevage but older barrels than for the Vosgros.
That’s a vibrant nose. Mouth-filling, structural – not facile wines here – a grain of tannin framing the flavours. Wide more agrume bitters in this long finish.

2019 Chablis 1er Montmains
3 sectors, but all Montmains, 3.85 hectares.
A big freshness of agrume aroma. More scale and more bubbling energy – but there’s more gas here too. Similar citrus bitters in the finish. Great complexity and completely delicious, moreish, flavour. Excellent wine.

2019 Chablis 1er Les Lys
¾ barrel elevage – older barrels.
A riper fruit, deep but still fresh. Rounder, sweeter, layered flavour – there’s concentration here, slowly mouth-watering. Delicious but in terms of mouth-watering energy – the lowest level here.

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