Tasted in Collan with Emmanuel Dampt (right!), 06 January 2021.
This domaine is starting to change some of their labels – ‘a transition of image‘
Emmanuel on 2019:
“there’s always a small corridor of frost and it came after quite a mild start to the season. Losses were modest but it delayed the flowering and then there was some suffering in the vines due to the summer temperature which had a larger effect on the volume than the spring frost. In the end, quite a small volume – certainly a lot less than in 2018. Closer to minus 30% than 20% in this vintage.”
Some great values here – red and white.
Everything tasted is already bottled:
From Tonnerre but that appellation exists only for white wine – just bottöed.
That’s a very attractive and round nose – beautifully perfumed – you already know it will be delicious from the nose! Wide and fresh on the palate. Fine finishing too – a lovely line of acid-led deliciousness – here perfumed and fruity. Great party rosé! Bravo!
Not yet bottled – probably in February with the Irancy.
Weight and depth of aroma, the spice of Epineuil. Mouth-filling and energetic, tannic but without much grain – the finish is very floral – that’s as good an Epineuil as I’ve ever tasted. Bravo!
A blend of terroirs
A nose with higher tones and freshness. A similar tannin – no grain – to the Epineuil but always a wine that’s more airy and open. A little more elegance here – that’s very tasty wine.
2019 Petit Chablis Elegance
From the vines planted above les Clos. Was bottled in July.
An open, easy nose, higher-toned with some faint herb in the mix. Mouth-filling, good energy, particularly the finish is narrow but delicious – a wine that will improve. Already a fine PC…
Vines with 40+ years of age. This from Villy.
Also open but with more clarity and complexity. Here there’s a more direct start to the flavour, growing wider – fine detail too. A larger burst of finishing flavour, slowly mouth-watering, faintly phenolic in finishing texture. That’s a great PC!
2019 Bourgogne Tonnerre
Now certified AB
The nose starts a little herbal, then followed by a sweeter width of fruit. Wide a little more exotic fruit in this but with a good finishing acidity and depth of flavour – less overtly long than the PC but this is a very tasty wine.
2019 Chablis Tradition
The team here have a ‘presence’ in 16 of the 20 villages that can use the Chablis label.
Some aromatic freshness though a wine that’s more compact in aroma. Nice in the mouth – fresh, wide, quite easy – the best part is the finish, the rest of the wine needs a little time to catch up, to tighten up.
2019 Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
Here the nose is more herbed and wider, becoming wider and more floral with air. Hmm, now that’s much more in place – fine clarity, nicely structured and fresh – the finish mineral and delicious. That’s an excellent wine and it holds a fine finish too – it’s super here.
Hard harvested, Opposite Blanchots – About 30% oak in the elevage so bottling in Feb-March like the reds
More coloured. A nose with extra depth and ripeness of fruit. Very fresh – it’s wide, energetic and has a lot of character – brio and bravo! A finishing kiss of tannin on the palate.
2019 Chablis 1er Vaucoupins
This bottled in July.
Starting more compact but this nose has clarity and mineral freshness – very impressive. Driving, very mineral, a wine to wait for after the performance of the Bréchain. Long and mouth-watering, saline, less sweet. It’s very fine perhaps excellent but you should wait 2-3 years to attack these.
2019 Chablis 1er Côte de Lechets
Old vines of around 60. Bottled.
This nose starts a little muddled but the air brings more clarity. In the mouth much more width a couple more millimetres of depth to the texture. More perfumed and flavourful in the middle and finishing flavours – much more accessible today than the Vaucoupins. Delicious wine.
2019 Chablis 1er Les Fourneaux
A mineral width, very good clarity of aroma – not yet full power but very nice all the same. A combination of the last two wines – the direction and minerality of the Vaucoupins with the frame of the accessibility that the Côte de Lechets showed. Lots of character – and holding a super finish – really a very fine finish, touched with a little tannin. For keeping.
2019 Chablis Bougros
This to be bottled in July.
Extra colour. A narrow but deep nose – here with a very fine clarity at the base. Extra richness – more textural – mineral, concentrated, lots of finishing width and slowly more agrume finishing flavours – there’s clearly a more overt complexity in this finish. Like a number, for keeping – it’s already very drinkable but you will be rewarded if you are patient.
2019 Chablis Les Preuses
This nose is rather timid to start – but is supported by plenty of weight and a slowly evolving floral top note. Much more mouth-filling, more overtly mouth-watering too – if starting much less together than the Bougros. But the finish is another matter – wide, nice energy and much complexity – that’s very lovely. More for keeping than Bougros which is actually quite accessible today – the class of this wine mainly showing in the finish.