Source: The Wine Advocate; Published: Sep 07, 2023 (RP-95)
Aromas of orange zest, peach, oyster shells, white flowers and freshly baked bread preface the 2021 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, a full-bodied, layered and textural wine of impressive breadth and depth in this vintage, exhibiting considerable concentration and concluding with a long, electric finish. This will delight Chablis purists.
Drink Date: 2027 – 2050
This is the largest and most famous Grand Cru; its fame based on its history as one of Chablis’ first vineyards. The appellation enjoys a southerly aspect with very white, dense and deep clay soil, resting on a limestone bed 80 cm below the ground, which brings to the wine those spicy notes so typical of this terroir.
GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay
GROUND OF THE APPELLATION: Limestone and clay, deep soil
DOMAIN SURFACE: 4.11 hectares
APPELLATION SURFACE: 26.04 hectares
ORIENTATION OF THE PARCELS: South
TASTING NOTE: Remarkably complex bouquet, blending fruity, floral, and spicy notes with a substantial mineral touch. The structured palate, opening up with age to give powerful, generous wines.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING: Fish, shellfish, and other seafood, grilled or in a cream sauce. Poultry and white meat, grilled or in a cream sauce.
PERFECT PAIRING: Roasted turbot with creamy sauce and vegetables.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Between 12C to 14C
VINIFICATION: Use of the principle of gravity so as to avoid all pumping, which could harm the quality of the wine. Brief (1 – 2 hours) pneumatic pressing to obtain a gentle separation of the solid and liquid parts of the grape. Very light static settling of the juice to preserve enough fine lines so that the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation can occur naturally. The must is run into
French oak barrels (aged of 6 years in average) for 60 to 70% of the harvest. The remainder is vinified in small stainless steel vats.
MATURING: 14 to 15 months, of which 5 to 6 months on fine lees in French oak barrels, for 60 to 70% of the harvest. The end of maturation occurs in small stainless steel vats.