Winemaking in La Fourchaume, a prestigious Premier Cru vineyard in Chablis, involves meticulous processes to capture the essence of its terroir. The southeast-facing slope ensures optimal sun exposure for the Chardonnay grapes. The Kimmeridgian limestone soils with fossils contribute distinct mineral flavours. Stainless steel fermentation preserves freshness, while ageing highlights the grape's natural attributes.
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La Fourchaume, situated on the right bank of the Serein River, is one of the most prestigious Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis, Burgundy. The vineyard is located on a southeast-facing slope, allowing for optimal sun exposure.
The soils are predominantly Kimmeridgian limestone, which is fossil-rich and crucial in imparting the distinct mineral flavours and expressions in its wines.
Chablis experiences a semi-continental climate, which means cold winters and warm summers. The region is susceptible to spring frosts, sometimes threatening the vineyards. However, the cool weather contributes to Chablis wines’ refreshing acidity and elegance.
Winemaking is characterised by stainless steel fermentation and ageing to preserve the freshness and purity of the Chardonnay fruit. Some producers may also use neutral oak barrels for fermentation or ageing, but the goal is always to highlight the grape’s natural characteristics and the terroir.
Typically, Chablis wines, including those from La Fourchaume, can age well, developing additional complexity and nutty flavours while retaining their bright acidity.