2022 Petit Chablis, Domaine 47°N 3°E, Guillaume Michaut, Burgundy

2022 Petit Chablis, Domaine 47°N 3°E, Guillaume Michaut, Burgundy

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2022 Petit Chablis, Domaine 47°N 3°E, Guillaume Michaut, Burgundy

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Guillaume Michaut is an exciting young talent in Chablis. He had a different vision from his family estate, so set up on his own with a clear focus on sustainability in the vineyards and a terroir-driven approach to winemaking. This is his first vintage Petit Chablis, made from four hectares of vines he planted himself in four hectares on previously fallow land. All made in steel tank, this is a chalky, crisp and refreshing Petit Chablis with juicy mid-palate fruit and a cleansing finish. The low 25hl/ha yield gives surprising concentration.

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Domaine 47°N 3°E

Domaine 47°N 3°E

Guillaume Michaut is a producer from Chablis, France. His grandfather was an early believer in the wines of Chablis and worked proudly to expand the Chablis appellation to his village of Beines and beyond. By the 1960s, he could pass a rather large holding of vineyards down to his sons.

Guillaume worked alongside his father and uncles in the vineyards as a teenager and joined the family domaine in 2004. However, after his father passed away, Guillaume realised that his vision was starkly different from that of his uncles and decided to set out on his own with his small share of family vines back in 2018. These vineyards represent just over one hectare altogether: 0.4 hectares of Chablis in Vau Brou, which he helped plant in 2000, and a 0.6-hectare block in the Premier Cru of Beauroy, which stretches from Beines nearly to the town of Chablis.

Michaut’s parcel was planted in 1980 and is located more precisely in the lieu-dit Côte de Savant, found just outside of Beines and across from the retention lake that his grandfather helped create in the 1960s. Recently, Guillaume added a little over two hectares of Petit Chablis that he planted in 2020. After working a year-long internship with Nicolas Maillet in the Mâconnais, Guillaume developed an interest in organic farming and low-intervention winemaking. Equally as important, he adopted a winemaking philosophy that respects the terroir and the vineyard over the process and the winemaker.

Setting out on his own was an opportunity to implement this belief. This began with promoting the place (rather than himself) by naming his domaine 47 N 3 E, which refers to the longitude and latitude of his hometown of Beines. In the cellar, all wines are vinified with native yeasts and aged without sulfur, though a small amount is always added at bottling. The Chablis is vinified and aged entirely in stainless steel tanks.

He produces two Premier Cru wines from Beauroy and Côte de Savant. Fruit for these cuvées comes from the same vineyard, which can be labelled as Beauroy or Côte de Savant. Beauroy is aged in stainless steel, while the Côte de Savant is fermented and aged in 500L oak demi-muids.

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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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