Vineyard: From three plots of vines that are all over 50 years old.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, varied exposure
Soil: clay and limestone (kimmeridgian)
Viticulture: Hand Harvested
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel using indiginous yeasts
Aging: stainless steel
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Chablis Vieilles Vignes, which was bottled last September, has a “no messin’ about” limestone/flint-scented bouquet that is beautifully defined. The palate is extremely well balanced, very poised and perhaps more understated than the 2016 may well turn out. It attenuates just a little towards the final furlongs so hopefully it will gain some more weight during its bottle maturation.
There is a mild reductive element to the nose that pushes the somewhat exotic orange peel, floral and citrus scents to the background. The richer, more concentrated and more powerful flavors possess good energy while culminating in a notably dry and intense finish where a touch of warmth arises. This is impressive in its fashion but it's almost too much.
Full bright yellow. Very ripe, expressive aromas of orange blossom, peach, apricot and exotic flowers. Thicker and sweeter than the village wine, but with more energy to give shape to the opulent, extract-rich palate. Yellow stone fruit, orange and pineapple flavors are lifted by gingery high tones. This fat, full fruit bomb is a bit warm but not flat or over the top.