2013 Chablis, Butteaux, 1er Cru, Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

2013 Chablis, Butteaux, 1er Cru, Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

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2013 Chablis, Butteaux, 1er Cru, Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

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From a subdivision of Montmains, with 50 year old vines. Bottled in June after eighteen months in barrel. There are some delicious lime-flower notes with a perfect vibrancy running through the palate. This has a particularly lovely finish, neither too fat nor too oaky but with the dramatic tension of fine Chablis. Drink 2016-2020
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director

Edouard Vocoret is the scion of one of Chablis’ well known families. He met Eleni (née Theodoropoulos ) when they were both working in New Zealand, since when he has apprenticed with the excellent Daniel Barraud (Pouilly Fuissé) while Eleni has been working with Vincent Dauvissat who has given them a great deal of help in setting up their own small domaine in Chablis. We have nicknamed this promising pair the Vocoropouloi.

There are just two wines from the debut vintage, 2013, which has been hand harvested and matured in wood, using older barrels. They have nearly five hectares of Chablis, in three plots, the largest being Le Bas de Chapelot, just below Montée de Tonnerre. This is the only one currently being bottled. There is also a small holding of 1er cru Les Butteaux.
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Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

Edouard's family owns Domaine Vocoret & Fils, a well known and large Chablis domaine, with over 50 hectares planted including six Chablis premiers crus and renowned for its solid, tradionally-styled wines. Edouard and Eleni partnered while in New Zealand but returned to Chablis to run a small plot of 3.3 hectares in the family vineyard.

They are currently producing two wines: Chablis "Bas de Chapelot" and Chablis 1er Cru "Butteaux." Bas de Chapelot comes from 3ha just beneath Montée de Tonnerre while the Butteaux parcel is 0.3ha. Vincent Dauvissat is a mentor and a source of inspiration for the Vocorets.

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Chablis

Chablis

One of the most famous wine names in the world, Chablis has suffered from numerous imitators. Fifty years ago there were just 400ha of vineyards in Chablis, but today there are 4,900ha. Both the generic and Premier Cru vineyards have doubled since the early 1970s, and now include areas of Portlandian as well as traditional Kimmeridgian clay. 

Being further north than the rest of Burgundy, and on a different type of limestone (the aforementioned Kimmeridgian, with some Portlandian), the wines are subtly different in style – a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality that makes them so suited to seafood. Purists believe that only the Kimmeridgian soils, with their traces of marine fossils, should be used.

The outlying Portlandian vineyards are designated as Petit Chablis, although the vast majority of production is classified as Chablis, without any vineyard name. Forty vineyards are classified as Premier Cru, however several of these are grouped together to make 11 more commonly-used Premier Cru designations. The seven Grands Crus are clustered together in a group that overlooks the town of Chablis and the River Serein.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting in Brouilland. The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru les Butteaux from Eleni and Edouard Vocoret has a very correct bouquet with a light oyster shell scent influencing the citrus fruit, gaining more complexity with time, offering hazelnut and light almond notes as it almost reluctantly unfurls. The palate is nicely composed with a tropical tincture on the entry, fine acidity, just a slight sense of oxidation towards the finish although that merely lends a little character rather than any fault. This is one of the better Montmains in 2013. Tasted May 2016.
Neal Martin - 29/11/2016 Read more