2020 Chablis, Montmains, 1er Cru, Domaine des Malandes, Burgundy

2020 Chablis, Montmains, 1er Cru, Domaine des Malandes, Burgundy

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2020 Chablis, Montmains, 1er Cru, Domaine des Malandes, Burgundy

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Domaine des Malandes

Domaine des Malandes

Domaine des Malandes in Chablis 27-hectare domaine belongs to Lyne Marchive, formerly Rottiers, née Tremblay. Most of the holdings were put together by André Tremblay in the 1940s and 1950s when it was possible to swap a hectare of agricultural land suitable for growing wheat and get two hectares of vineyard land, including premiers crus, in return. How that has changed.

Lyne wanted to go to wine school in Beaune, but on discovering she would be just about the only girl (how that has changed, too) she decided not to take up her place. She is currently assisted by Guénolé Breteaudeau who originates in the Pays Nantais, Muscadet country.

Improvements in recent years include the move to ploughing the vineyards and managing them according to lutte raisonée, along with hand-harvesting of Côte de Léchet, Fourchaume and the grands crus.

The lesser wines and Côte de Léchet, because of its overtly mineral structure, are fermented and matured in stainless steel. Twenty-five per cent of Fourchaume and Montmains are vinified in older barrels before transferring to tank, and 40 per cent of Vau de Vey receives the same treatment, increasing to 50 per cent for Vaudésir and 100 per cent for Les Clos. None of the wines shows any obvious barrel influence however, more a rounding-out of the palate.

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 0.53ha
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 0.90ha
Chablis 1er Cru Vau de Vey 3.50ha
Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet 1.40ha
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 1.18ha
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 1.29ha
Chablis (two cuvées) 15.00ha
Petit Chablis

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king 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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