Our Tasting Impressions
Our 2020 Chablis will only enhance its standing as one of our most popular wines of all time. It is fairly classical Chablis save for the enhanced structure. So, this might not be quite as attractive in its relative youth as some previous vintages. For those that like their Chablis with some maturity, this vintage will be a great success.
About this wine
A village Chablis that’s 100% Chardonnay from vineyards near Fontenay Près-Chablis in Kimmeridgian limestone soil. Most of the vines are 15-25 years old with the oldest 58.
Vinification and aging is on fine lees during 10 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Measured filtration (depending on wine balance).
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
2020 is a terrific vintage in Chablis (except for those producers who were plagued by pyrazines (overly green vegetal flavors). Thankfully, it was a reasonably normal climate year, unless you want to argue that frost, hail, etc, in Chablis is the new normal. Generally, lower in alcohol than 2019 despite producing wines that seem fuller-bodied and more structured.
On Your Table
It might be interesting to try this as a counterpoint to roasted butternut squash and some crumbled bacon and fresh thyme. Enjoy at cool cellar temperature.