2018 Domaine Guy Robin Chablis Vieilles Vignes

2018 Domaine Guy Robin Chablis Vieilles Vignes

DOMAINE GUY ROBIN

2018 CHABLIS 
VIEILLES VIGNES

2018 Domaine Guy Robin Chablis Vieilles Vignes
Vieilles Vignes means old vines, and Guy Robin is one of my favorite producers of old vine Chablis. He began collecting old Chablis parcels back in the 60s, and few other Chablis estates have such a rich collection of older vines. As a result, few wineries can deliver Chablis wines of such character and complexity. At $33, his Chablis VV offers dynamic complexity, laser focus, and optimum balance.
 
Guy’s daughter Marie-Ange leads the Estate and shares her father’s passion for old vines. She creates their Vieilles Vignes Chablis from vines averaging four decades in age, and many of the neighboring plots are premier cru sites, sharing similar soils and climate. 
 
Guy Robin hand-harvests their Chardonnay grapes at the pinnacle of ripeness. He immediately presses them at the winery, where they’re held in a tank for 24 hours to settle naturally. The winery ferments in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, and they also age in tanks to preserve the fruit’s most natural expression.
 
DOMAINE GUY ROBIN
2018 CHABLIS 
VIEILLES VIGNES
 
Your Price: $33
 
“Bright, citrusy aromas, with liquid minerals and white flowers, immediately grab you in the nose. On approach, the palate has an amazing richness, with concentrated, penetrating flavors including stone fruits, key lime, and an incredibly focused center palate. The finish is mesmerizing, with an amazing balance of richness and freshness. This is certainly one of my favorite Chablis, each vintage.” 94 Points
2017 Domaine Barat Vaillons Premier Cru Chablis

2017 Domaine Barat Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons

DOMAINE BARAT 2017 Domaine Barat Vaillons Premier Cru Chablis

PREMIER CRU CHABLIS
2017 VAILLONS

 
While there’s never a bad time for a glass of White Burgundy, I begin to crave Chablis even more as the weather warms up.  A classically styled Chablis is clean and linear with bright citrus fruits, minerals, refreshing acidity and little to no buttery or oaky characteristics.  One of my favorites is Domaine Barat’s Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons.  The Estate dates back to 1795, and has a reputation for producing some of the most compelling, absolutely brilliant Chablis, and fortunately for us, they do so at a wonderfully realistic price. The only problem is with the minuscule number of cases imported into the US, there’s simply never enough of this wonderful White Burgundy to satisfy demand.
 
Chablis suffered greatly from frost in 2017 which resulted in lower grape yields, however those that survived were of extraordinary quality.  Domaine Barat’s 2017 Premier Cru Vaillons was carved from half-century old Chardonnay vines, grown in soils rich in clay and limestone and the wine is stunningly brilliant.  I strongly recommend securing your case, before it’s too late.
 
DOMAINE BARAT
PREMIER CRU CHABLIS
2017 VAILLONS
 
Your Price: $33/btl

Click to Order

Tasting Notes:This flashy Chablis is linear and focused with penetrating flavors that cut a swath across your tongue.  The palate has beautiful key lime tart, ripe peach and dried apricot flavors.  It has beautiful complexity with a flinty minerality and hints of crushed oyster shells.  The brilliant acidity carries the balanced flavors through a very long, concentrated finish.”
 
Customers that enjoy Domaine Barat Chablis may also enjoy these two terrific White Burgundies…
2017 Domain La Croix Sancerre Domain Du Grand Pre Macon-Lugny Les Charmes White Burgandy
DOMAINE LA CROIX
SAINT-LAURENT
2018 SANCERRE
 
Your Price: $29.99/btl

Click to Order

Importer’s Tasting Notes:Great nose, very expressive, stones and flowers. Explosive right from the start, bright, fresh, energetic, structured, focused, with great flavors of orange citrus, green citrus and green melon. Wonderful tension and balance, beautiful mouthfeel and a long, complex, deliciously clean finish.”
DOMAINE du GRAND PRE
2017 MÂCON-LUGNY
LES CHARMES
 
Your Price: $29.99/btl

Click to Order

Winery Notes:Great nose of minerals and white flowers. Nice richness, balance, acidity and structure in the mouth, with flavors of honeydew, pear, spice and a cleansing salinity on the finish. A harmonious, vibrant wine. ‘Les Charmes’, an 11 hectare vineyard with vines averaging 35 years of age, is located in the prime growing area of Mâcon on clay and limestone soils on east facing slopes, farmed organically…
50 cases imported.