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2018 Chablis 1er Cru “Vau de Vey”

Domaine Roland Lavantureux

The Lavantureux family has been one of the most exciting properties in our portfolio to watch over the past several years. Since the arrival of founder Roland’s two sons, Arnaud and David, we have witnessed the domaine grow consistently, augmenting vineyard holdings while always moving toward more pure and complex expressions of Chablis.
     When Kermit first began buying from the Lavantureux with the 1978 vintage, Roland produced only Petit Chablis and Chablis. Over the decades and especially in the last few years, the domaine has begun to work more prestigious parcels, such as the premier cru Vau de Vey vineyard. This climat has been turning heads recently, not least thanks to the Lavantureux brothers’ efforts. An extremely steep slope littered with limestone, the wine it produces is defined by its saline minerality. David describes it as “direct and pure, full of energy”—a perfectly steely Chablis for oysters-on-the-half-shell, certain to remain tightly coiled for many years to come. Now as much as later on, you will be rewarded by its complexity and food-friendly structure.

Tom Wolf

Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Arnaud Lavantureux
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Burgundy

map of 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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