Domaine Vocoret Chablis Premier Cru 'Vallion' Chardonnay Burgundy 2018

Domaine Vocoret Chablis Premier Cru 'Vallion' Chardonnay Burgundy 2018

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Domaine Vocoret et Fils
2018
Chablis "Vaillon"
1er Cru White 750 ml
Score: 89
Tasted: Oct 10, 2020
Drink: 2024+
Issue: 80
Note: Vocoret does not use the typical spelling of Vaillons
Producer note: Domaine Vocoret et Fils was established in 1870. Patrice Vocoret, with his brother Sylvain and his cousin, Jérôme, are the fourth generation of their family to farm the vineyards, but it was their grandfather who was the first to bottle in 1930. Of the winery's 40 hectares, 17 are premier cru, 16 hectares are villages level, four hectares are grand cru and the balance is Petit Chablis. The winery follows sustainable agriculture and works with many old vines. Most of the vines were planted in the 1970's and 80's and the oldest vines, for the premier cru Vieilles Vignes cuvées were planted in the 1950's. All grapes are carefully sorted by hand before going in the pneumatic press. Fermentation happens in stainless steel, except for the 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes and grands crus cuvées, which are fermented and aged entirely in demi-muids and large foudres. The Chablis Village is made nearly entirely in stainless steel. All of the wines are racked off the lees after malolactic fermentation finishes, normally after about six months. All of the following wines were bottled under the Diam brand composite cork. (Terlato Wines International, www.terlatowines.com, IL and Grand Cru Selections, LLC, www.grandcruselectionswine.com, NY, USA; Majestic Wine Warehouses, www.majestic.co.uk, Ian G. Howe and Noel Young Wines, www.nywines.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: Here the nose is aromatically similar to the straight Chablis though with more citrus character as well as slightly better layering. The tighter and finer if less rich medium weight flavors that also quite forward though the finish is sufficiently tightly wound to reward a few years of cellaring if desired.