2018 Domaine Vrignaud, Chablis

2018 Domaine Vrignaud, Chablis

2018 Domaine Vrignaud, Chablis


Domaine Vrignaud's Chablis is a blend sourced from 12 separate parcels spread over 14 hectares of 15 to 50 year-old vines on three different soil types: kimmeridgian, white clay and Portlandian. The wine has a lovely lift and freshness on the nose that gives way to supple yet taut fruit on the palate.

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Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £166.00
This wine is pale yellow in colour with youthful reflections. The nose marries ripe citrus notes of lemon and lime with delicate floral aromas. On the palate, it is well-balanced with a great intensity of flavour.

2018 Domaine Vrignaud, Chablis

Guillaume joined the family domaine in 1999, when his father was a member of the co-op in Chablis, and convinced him to build a cellar and start making his own wines. Their success was such that they have grown from 12 to 27 hectares of vineyard today. In 2009, Guillaume moved to organic viticulture but, like many growers in Chablis, abandoned it in the difficult 2016 growing season and is once again in the middle of the three year conversion period. To express the character of the vineyards in the finished wines, he is very attentive to picking time. “I pick when the seeds in the grape are brown, but before any over-ripeness or botrytis has set in,” he explains. “I like my Chablis to be lean rather than fat and full.”

The grapes for the Vrignaud Chablis come from 13 hectares of vineyard on chalk soils near the commune of Fontenay-Près-Chablis. The vines are 30 years old and yield grapes with great intensity and complexity of flavour. The vineyards are all farmed organically and are in the process of undergoing a three year conversion period before being officially certified organic in September 2019.

The wine underwent fermentation with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged to soften the sharp acidity. The wine was then aged on its lees during which it gained complexity and a rich mouthfeel.

2018 was one of the best vintages for Chablis in the last 20 years. An unusually warm, dry summer encouraged optimal ripeness while warding off diseases, resulting in plentiful yields. This was welcome news after two years heavily affected by frost.