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Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Jouan AC 2014
  • 201. Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Jouan AC 2014

    Domaine Garnier

    100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    This is a brilliant wine from 45-55 yo vines planted towards the bottom of a south–east facing hillside. The Garnier brothers buy the whole one hectare parcel from a friend who works his vineyard organically. Aged in a 2yo foudre and 3-5yo demi-muids, this has good, racy, peppy fruit and there is a real dynamism to the wine which finishes with a characteristic saline lick. It’s is at the same quality level as the Côte de Jouan that I have tasted from Pattes-Loup. For drinking now to 2020.

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Further details
Winemaker
Xavier and Jérôme Garnier
Location
Chablis 1ier Cru Cote de Jouan (village of Courgis).
Size of domaine
23 hectares. 0.67ha for this cuvée (from grapes bought after harvest).
Grape
100% chardonnay. 35 year old vines. 6.500 vines per hectare on average. Trained Guyot double.
Terroir
Clay and limestone (Argilo-calcaire) soils at 240 meter elevation. South-west facing slopes with a 20% incline and a 1.5 meter soil depth.
Viticulture
Debud twice yearly, never carry out vendanges en vert. Uses sulphur against oidium. No chemical fertilisers or weedkillers. Ploughs the soil. Harvests 100% by hand in this vineyard. Vines pruned to ensure never exceeds 50 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
No destalking. Pressing for 3.5 hrs by a pneumatic press, settling of the juice for 12 hrs at 13ºC / 15ºC. Use natural indigenous yeasts. Fermentation in 3 year old 25hl foudre, 5 year old 6hl demi-muid and 3 year old 228L barrels at 20°C (25ºC max.). Alcoholic fermentation lasts for 3 months. Malolactics completed. No racking. No bâtonnage. Aged for 11 months in 3 year old 25hl foudre, new to 5 year old 6hl demi-muid and 2 year old 228L barrels. Fined with bentonite and filtered lightly by Kieselghur. Bottled in September. Bottling done by a service provider. 6.000 bottles produced on average.
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