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VDLT Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2017

2017
Chardonnay
VDLT

Tasting impressions

The 2016 was great but this vintage is more classically Chablis.  Incredibly bright with a beautiful savory salinity. Grand Cru quality in my book and should mature nicely for 10-15 years.

 

About this wine

Vaulorent sits just above the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis.  It is essentially part of Fourchaume but has a higher clay content to its soil and is generally considered a superior vineyard - in fact, some call it the finest of the Chablis 1er Crus.

 

100% Chardonnay from vineyard 43 to 63 years old, southwest facing in Kimmeridgian soil of clay and limestone, oestrea.

 

Fermented and aged on fine lees for at least 12 months.  Fifteen percent in oak barrels (some new) and the rest in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.  7500 bottles produced.

 

About the grape

Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the world - and 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.

 

 

On your table

The youthful intensity of this Chablis calls for a simple dish of roast chicken with herbs and lemon.  Serve at about 50 degrees.