Isabelle & Denis Pommier Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru
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|Bottle sizes:||375 ML|
|Vineyard:||Fourchaume is a 250 acres (100 Ha) vineyard, planted to the left of the Grand Crus. It is arguably the most recognizable and highly reputed of the Chablis 1er Crus.|
|Soil:||Kimmeridgien - limestone|
|Viticulture:||AgriBio certified since 2010. Farms organically and manually works the soils. Grapes are harvested in small cases of 15 kg and are immediately pressed.|
|Vinification:||Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 50% tank and 50% neutral barrels of varying age.|
|Aging:||Blended wines are aged on the lees for 18 months in combination of 2/3 tank and 1/3 oak.|
|Tasting:||Fourchaume produces wines that are distinctly floral and fruity, possessing minerality and delicacy.|
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes comes from a single hectare of 50-year-old vines aged in 70% stainless steel and 30% in used barrel, plus another five months aging on the fine lees. It has a pretty apple blossom nose, although there was just a hint of SO2 that needs to be resolved. The palate is simple and easygoing, quite pithy on the entry with good acidity, although it needs to demonstrate more complexity and terroir expression on the finish. This is possibly subdued by the sulfur at the moment, hence the plus sign against my score since it does not appear to be fixed.
Once again there is just enough wood present to warrant pointing out setting off the ripe and mildly exotic aromas of white peach, viognier, orange peel and sea breeze. There is both good volume and punch to the luscious and lavish medium-bodied flavors that display plenty of salinity on the lingering finish that tightens up noticeably compared to the opulent mid-palate. This too should drink well early on.
Very pale yellow. Aroma of white peach, peppery herbs and menthol come across as rather cool and classic for Fourchaume--a rarity in this vintage. Ripe, fine-grained, savory flavors of white peach, menthol and white pepper; not an especially fruity style but quite smooth. A rather minerally version Fourchaume that escapes the superripeness of the year here. A repeating note of white pepper lifts the persistent, edge-free finish.