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2018 Chablis Grand Cru “Les Preuses”

Roland Lavantureux

Insider tip: cellaring some grand cru Chablis from Lavantureux is about as wise a move as you can make in today’s volatile (wine) world. Not only are wines like this 2018 Preuses brilliant expressions of Chardonnay bound to improve with age, but they may become near impossible to find—let alone afford—in a few years’ time. Brothers David and Arnaud have locked in the exact formula for exalting these esteemed Kimmeridgian soils, producing lushly textured Chablis with serious depth and slicing mineral drive. If 2020 has taught us not to take anything for granted, then the promise of perfectly mature Chablis sometime down the road is one less thing to worry about. Who knows—we may all be forced to hide out in our wine cellars by then, so may yours be well stocked.

Anthony Lynch

$101.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Arnaud Lavantureux
Vineyard: 25 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone (Kimmeridgian)
Aging: Aged 12 months in barrel, 50% new
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Burgundy

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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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