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2018 Chablis Grand Cru “Bougros”

Domaine Roland Lavantureux
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With each passing vintage, brothers Arnaud and David Lavantureux further cement their family domaine among the appellation’s most exciting and reliable names. Already a dependable source of grower Chablis when parents Roland and Brigitte began shipping to our shores in the mid-1980s, the estate now enjoys the direction of their two driven, talented sons. In addition to expanding the family’s portfolio to encompass new premier and grand cru sites, the youngsters have enacted changes to vineyard and cellar management resulting in the most pure, precise, expressive wines the domaine has ever released. While collectors and sommeliers chase after highly allocated Chablis from the appellation’s most illustrious names, the Lavantureux brothers quietly toil away in their stony vineyards, producing wines that stand tall among the village’s best.
    One of Chablis’ sunniest grands crus, Bougros is known for full-bodied, opulent wines that pamper the palate with their lavish fruit. The Lavantureux brothers’ 2018 rendition does exactly that: its generous fragrance prefaces a grandiose white whose imposing presence is nothing short of regal. The nervy, stony finish assures an elegant balance suggesting that as good as this is today, it will be all the more spectacular in seven to ten years’ time.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Arnaud Lavantureux
Vineyard: 30 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone (Kimmeridgian)
Aging: Aged 12 months in barrel, 75% new
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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