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2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume”

Domaine Roland Lavantureux

2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” Domaine Roland Lavantureux - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Summertime and the living is easy. The soaring temperatures in Burgundy make it seem we’ve bypassed spring altogether. All of a sudden, the vines are becoming green, the perfume of wisteria is omnipresent, and people are out and about with uncharacteristically sunburnt noses. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to drink something young and vibrant, and for that I am happy to say we are all in luck. The 2015s from Chablis are remarkable in their youth, thanks to a combination of climactic factors in addition to the winemakers’ savoir-faire. Heat made for rich, ripe grapes, and intermittent dry spells concentrated their juice. The 2015 Chablis premier cru Fourchaume has a roundness that gives it a Côte de Beaune quality while maintaining the elegance and finesse that David Lavantureux attributes to its opportunely west-facing vineyard. It’s a big wine, but with a freshness and zing you’ll recognize after the initial mouth-filling gulp.

Emily Spillmann

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Roland Lavantureux
Vineyard: 25 years average, 1.0 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone (Kimmeridgian)
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel, 40% of the wine is aged in barrels that are 3 to 6 years old, no new oak is used
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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