Chablis Premier Cru
- The Kimmeridgian limestone contains millions of tiny marine fossils embedded in a kind of whitish mortar which may have been once the bottom of the sea…hundreds of million years ago. This marine origin gives the wines of Chablis their unique flavor.
- Drouhin estate: 6.7 ha. (16.75 acres).
- Average age of the vines: 29 years.
- Biological cultivation since 1990 and biodynamic cultivation since 1999.
- Soil maintenance: age-old methods. Ploughing: “buttage” (hilling up around the vine-stocks) in autumn; “débuttage” (ploughing back in spring); work between the rows and the vine stocks done with manual tools only.
- Treatment: only authorized products for biological cultivation are used – infusions and macerations of plant materials, sulfur and copper, powdered rock. Natural predators are not eliminated.
- Yield: we aim for a lower yield, such as it existed before the new law. This yield is therefore the present maximum yield minus 20%.
- Average yield at the Domaine: 54.93hl/ha (the yield currently authorized is now 60hl/ha).
- Harvesting: by hand.
- Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained.
- Type: In stainless steel tank
- Length: 7-8 months.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin:
- “A dry and brisk wine, typical of Chablis. Brilliant yellow green color.
- The aromas are reminiscent of lemon, citrus, asparagus…
- On the palate, the first sip offers is clear-cut and fresh impression, with a nice texture. Long on the aftertaste, with fruity as well as mineral flavours; becomes slightly honeyed when the wine is more evolved”.
- 2 to 7 years.