2018 Chablis, Le Bas de Chapelot, Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret, Burgundy

2018 Chablis, Le Bas de Chapelot, Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret, Burgundy

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2018 Chablis, Le Bas de Chapelot, Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret, Burgundy

Description

As the name suggests, this vineyard is located beneath the Premier Cru of Chapelot, a sub-climate of Montée de Tonnerre made famous by Domaine Raveneau. This is the Vocorets’ largest holding, at 3.2 hectares. This is always a village-plus wine, with density and weight that approaches Premier Cru level. Being towards the foot of the slope meant much of the crop was lost to frost in 2017, but in the warm and dry 2018 summer the deeper and cooler soil here proved a real benefit, preserving freshness to counter the wine’s natural power and breadth. A very complete wine with real complexity and ageing potential. Drink 2021-2028.
Adam Bruntlett, Buyer (July 2020)
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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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