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Producer: Domaine Jean GoulleyGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Powerful and elegant with good weight of fruit on the finishAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Domaine Jean Goulley was formed in 1986 by Jean Goulley and is now run by his son Philippe. The family own 4.5 hectares in the Premier Cru districts which are the heart and soul of the Domaine. They own approximately 18 hectares in total and produce around 11,000 cases a year. In 1991, the domain became one of the very first certified organic producers in Chablis. All of the vineyards are farmed organically and the wines are produced with restricted use of sulphur. Philippe believes the organic farming methods permit an expressive and sustainable soil. Their wines are mineral, pure and lively.
2016 was an extremely difficult vintage in Chablis with frosts and hail damaging many hectares of vineyard, resulting in significantly reduced yields. Fine weather in September helped to rescue this vintage. The fruit that remained was good quality, without extremes of acidity, alcohol or fruit concentration, resulting in a classic style of Chablis.
Fourchaume is a Premier Cru vineyard in Chablis. This vineyard has a similar exposure to the Chablis Grand Cru vineyards which lie across the Fontenay Valley, to which Fourchaume wines are often compared. The grapes come from a parcel which includes some vines which are 60 years old. The Double Guyot trained vines are planted to a density of 5,700 vines per hectare and yield a maximum of 55 hectolitres per hectare. The soils are made up of kimmeridgian, rich in clay and limestone with fossilised sea shells; and are renowned for producing fine wines with mineral characteristics. Domaine Jean Goulley’s vineyard is certified organic.
The grapes were carefully selected and fermented in temperature controlled vats to retain the characteristics of the terroir. The wine was matured on its fine lees to gain texture, weight and complexity.
The area of Fourchaume is an extension of the northerly slopes of the Chablis Grands Crus. Fourchaume is distinguished by its power, elegance, bouquet and length - classic and mineral Chablis.
Wonderful with grilled seafood, particularly lobster.
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