Vineyard: 1 hectare vineyard located next to 1er Cru Vaucoupin. Vines planted in the early 1980s.
Soil: Kimmeridgian clay-limestone
Viticulture: Hand Harvested
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel using indiginous yeasts
Aging: Aged in stainless steel
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Chablis en Vaudecorse has a lifted nose, more marine influenced with just a faint hint of seaweed ebbing away to reveal pink grapefruit and light dandelion aromas. The palate is very well balanced with impressive weight right from the start. The acidity cuts through the richness of this Vaudécorse and delivers quite a potent, spicy “kiss” on the finish. This is excellent, more premier cru quality than village cru quality.
This is aromatically more complex with its reductively toasty nose of petrol, white flower and sea breeze-inflected nose. The opulent and rich but energetic medium-bodied flavors manage to retain reasonably good detail on the sneaky long finish that exhibits a hint of orange peel and imparts a hint of the citrus-based bitterness that Picq described. This outstanding effort should drink well young but reward mid-term cellaring too. In short, you won't find many better villages level wines than this in 2015.
(the crop level was a moderate 39 hectoliters per hectare from these millerandé 35-year-old vines): Full medium yellow. Very ripe aroma of tropical fruits, marzipan, licorice and honey, plus a hint of toast. Hugely rich, even a bit extreme, conveying a distinct thickness to its flavors of pineapple candy, lichee and spices. In a powerful style and a bit tighter-grained than the old-vines village cuvée. Picq told me that this wine was more explosive a month before my visit and believes it's a good sign that the wine is now showing more structure.