Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.
Our Tasting Impressions
This is bigger and richer than the 2019. The quality and ripeness of the fruit is evident. Many Chablis from 2018 are rather...well un-Chablis. Vincent & Stéphanie succeeded in producing a wine that truly represents its terroir and also is unbelievably tasty!
About this wine
The vineyard name derives from the hill on the border between Burgundy and Champagne. This 1er Cru vineyard is known for producing some of the fleshiest and most opulent Chablis.
100% purchased Chardonnay grown in Kimmeridgien soil on a south/southeast facing slope near Fleys. The higher average temperatures and abundant morning sun contribute to the 1er Cru pedigree. Typical yield is 50 hl/ha.
Fermentation is in steel tanks for 8-10 days. Two months after harvest, the juice undergoes malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity and add complexity. The wine is aged on fine sediment until spring, enhancing the structure. Then in the spring or summer, the wine is racked to separate out the sediment, fined if necessary and filtered. Annual production is about 2,300 bottles.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
About the vintage
Stéphanie reports that 2018 had quite an abundant crop. The low yields of the two prior years meant the fines had plenty of stored energy. Significant water reserves in the soil were needed to combat the torrid summer temperatures. The harvest was the beginning of September over 3 weeks.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Mineralité
We were introduced to Stéphanie Courtault-Michelet by Christine Dubreuil. Both are members of the prestigious Femmes et Vins de Bourgogne. Stéphanie’s father, Jean-Claude Courtault established Domaine JC Courtault with just 1.5 hectares in 1987.
Stéphanie and her husband Vincent Michelet joined him in 2007 after working at a domaine in Alsace. Through a land grant, they started their own estate but decided to merge with JC. The result is one family jointly operating two estates from one property.
Today, they have a combined 11 hectares in Chablis and 16 in Petit Chablis. All of their 1er and Grand Cru wines are from carefully selected, purchased grapes. Vincent manages the vineyards and he and Stephanie make the wines. Their vineyards are in 6 different communes, but mostly Lingorelles and Beines. Vines are up to 35 years old though they recently acquired a plot with 60 year old vines.
Since 2012, they have used the DEPHY program - a more natural approach that reduces treatments. Picking is by machine and all bunches are de-stemmed and immediately pressed for optimal freshness.
About 120,000 bottles are produced and sold, mostly in Asia, from their new and modern production and tasting facility in Lignorelles. To our memory, this is the only tasting room with a working aquarium.
This is a joyful family and that comes across in their wine. Stéphanie is a consummate professional but she always seems to have a big, beautiful smile on her face. One family...two estates and everything we love about Chablis!