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2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillons”

Domaine Savary

2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillons” Domaine Savary - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

I’d call it more friendly than austere in character.

The premier cru Vaillons brings something extra to the table: more wine in the bottle, if you will. This site always delivers an element of luscious, tender fruit that seems to coat the wine’s spinal chord of Kimmeridgian minerals—I’d call it more friendly than austere in character. With its silky elegance, the 2015 is no exception, and it also has the potential to evolve further in bottle over the next few years.–Anthony Lynch
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Savary
Winemaker: Olivier Savary
Vineyard: 25 years
Soil: Kimmeridgian Limestone
Aging: Wine is aged on fine lees
Farming: Traditional
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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