Tasted in Fleys, 15 April, 2014 with Jean-Pierre Grossot.
Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot
4 route de Mont de Milieu
Tel. +33 (0)3 86 42 44 64+33 (0)3 86 42 44 64
This estate was created in 1920 by Jean-Pierre Grossot’s grandparents. The estate is now run by Jean-Pierre, his wife, and their youngest daughter Eve, who is the fourth generation at this family domaine. Jean-Pierre notes that the majority of his wines are bottled after the second winter. Wines are 60% exported from France.
Bottles in mid-November.
The nose has depth, despite a faint SO2 note, and some sweetness too. Full-flavoured with a lovely mouth-watering acidity. Super density of consistent, persistent flavour for the label. Stony flavour. Very good Chablis.
2012 Chablis, La Part des Anges
From a single parcel that is a continuation of Fourneau but more west-facing.
Also a faint SO2 note, but one that quickly departs, leaving a softer, rounder nose. This is more lithe and finer than the first wine – if not more obviously concentrated. More finesse though – nice.
2012 Chablis 1er Côte de Troesmes
sitting west of Beauroy.
High tones, modest, quite pretty. A little more sucrosité and a growing concentration. Again, fulsome and mouth-watering with a steely and stony finish.
2011 Chablis 1er Fourneau
The nose has a strong note that hovers between pyrazine and asparagus. Lovely dimension and a different density, lively complexity and a sweetly mouth-watering finish. I’m no fan of the nose, but love the flavour and shape here.
2011 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
50% was elevaged in barriques – 6-7 years old – with some 600 litre barrels too.
Faintly soft and showing a little green herb. Nice clean lines here. The wine is fresh but finely textured. A good width of flavour that holds very well in the finish.
Depth and roundness but also with an additional riper dimension (that Jean-Pierre notes often takes a couple of years to show) and some floral references. Wide and detailed with a lovely texture – this wine isn’t at all embarrassed to follow 2011 1er crus. Lovely wine.
2010 Chablis 1er Fourneau
A narrower, more direct aromatic but finer too – again with a little floral component. Lithe, lovely, bubbling acidity. A fine growth of mouth-watering flavour too – super finishing!