Chablis, Bouchard Aine & Fils

Chablis, Bouchard Aine & Fils

Chablis, Bouchard Aine & Fils

France | 12.5% | 75cl

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 A very clear, golden yellow. Light, fresh and fruity with mineral aromas (gun-flint), white flowers and fresh fruits (peaches), dried fruits and hazelnuts. Vanilla with mineral and flowery notes on the palate.

An appellation which takes its name from the village of Chablis and is grown in the delimited areas of 17 villages. The appellation covers 2,675 hectares, making it the most extensive "Village" appellation in Burgundy.
Chablis is located in the Yonne department between Paris and Dijon. This particular location is part of Chablis uniqueness, from its famous terroir made of oysters fossils to the harsh winegrowing conditions we experience in the region. Every vintage is a challenge but every year the special characteristics of the wines shine bright.

The current public health crisis has certainly marked this year’s harvest, which nonetheless has been able to go ahead! Despite the year’s record temperatures and lack of rainfall, there is been no lack of quality, although yields are down, with an especially mixed picture with regard to reds. However, these have generally been very well-balanced. Overall, we have seen nice levels of acidity, promising good aging potential…

All over Burgundy, 2020 was notable for its mildness and low rainfall. After a winter with no serious frosts, we went straight into a spring dominated by sunny, dry weather, resulting in very early bud break. Infrequent outbreaks of rain in June and July were not enough to stave off water shortages. Very high summer temperatures combined with intense sun exposure levels led to the vines gradually falling prey to hydric stress, causing delays to fruit ripening before harvest-time.

Once again, the vegetative cycle was shortened, being almost three weeks ahead of 2019’s. Thankfully, the harvest was saved by the relative cool of the nights. The harvest was of marvellous quality but there was very little juice in the red grapes (reduction of 30 to 50%), and reasonable potential alcohol, despite the heat. The whites, on the other hand, coped very well with these extreme conditions and yields were very good.

Relatively poor yields for the reds, normal yields for the whites. Some appellations achieved excellent levels of optimal ripeness, with 50% of grapes harvested with the ‘vendange entière’ (no destemming) approach.

Harvest started on the 21st August for the Côte Chalonnaise, more specifically, the Givry reds and then on the 23rd of August the first Chardonnay grapes were handpicked in the shape of the Beaune 1er cru Les Marconnets.

Ideal with white meat dishes, chicken in a cream sauce, shellfish and crayfish.

Country France
Region Burgundy
Grapes Chardonnay
ABV 12.5%
Suitable for Vegans No
Organic No

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