White, Ready, but will improve

2015 Chablis, Croix aux Moines, Isabelle et Denis Pommier

2015 Chablis, Croix aux Moines, Isabelle et Denis Pommier

White | Ready, but will improve | Isabelle et Denis Pommier | Code:  45942 | 2015 | France > Burgundy > Chablis | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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WA

89/100

WA - The 2015 Chablis Croix Aux Moines comes from 50-year-old vines and is aged 70% in stainless steel and 30% used barrel for 12 months, then kept on the fine lees for another three months. It has a brisk, stony bouquet that is very poised and focused, quite sophisticated for a mere village cru. The palate is well balanced with fresh acidity, quite vibrant and sappy, with a touch of reduction that works well on the finish. This has plenty of personality, and I am intrigued to see how it will age in bottle.
Neal Martin - 31/08/2017

The Producer

Isabelle et Denis Pommier

Isabelle et Denis Pommier

Isabelle and Denis Pommier are based just outside Chablis, in Poinchy, where they have built up the domaine to 16 hectares from a base of two hectares inherited from Denis’s grandparents. The domaine is farmed organically and will be fully certified from the 2014 vintage.

The Premier Cru wines are picked by hand and vinified in a mix of stainless steel and barrel. The domaine comprises Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premiers Crus Beauroy, Côte de Léchet and Fourchaume

The Grape

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.

The Region

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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