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Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Jouan AC 2016
  • 213. Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Jouan AC 2016

    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 2022.

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Further details
Xavier and Jérôme Garnier
Chablis 1ier Cru Cote de Jouan (village of Courgis).
Size of domaine
23 hectares. 0.67ha for this cuvée (from grapes bought after harvest).
100% chardonnay. 35 year old vines. 6.500 vines per hectare on average. Trained Guyot double.
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.
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.
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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