Domaine Vrignaud 2014 Chablis "Blanchots" Grand Cru 750ml
A stony, minerally undertow marks this steely Chablis, with lemon, apple and earth flavors chiming in to lend overall harmony. The long finish shows notes of oyster and fresh-squeezed lemon. Drink now through 2020. 728 cases imported.
Score: 90 points -- BS, Wine Spectator, Nov 2015
This Chablis is sourced from the “Champréaux,” “Chemin des Chaunes,” “Sur l'étang,” “Les Usages” and “La Bralée” plots. The grapes from Champréaux contribute a delicate, seamless minerality while those from La Bralée add notes of fruit and roundness. The vineyards, which average 29 years of age, are planted on northeast slopes and consist of soils that are predominantly chalky clay. For vine training Domaine Vrignaud utilizes the double Guyot method once a year, which is the process of removing all but two of the branches to allow the vines to breathe, resulting in grapes that are lesser in volume but of a higher quality. The domaine’s wines are Ecocert certified organic from the 2013 vintage onward.
Remarkably well balanced with a vibrant acidity and notes of crisp fruit, this wine is a flawless complement to an array of cuisines, offering a classic Chablis profile that is perfectly poised between freshness and richness. Chalky clay and limestone soils impart a solid mineral base that structures the wine, maintaining the roundness of the grapes which have gone from vineyard to press with little to no intervention.