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Producer: Domaine Jean GoulleyGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Vibrant fruit and mineral tones, long finishAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
An intense mineral nose followed by fresh vibrant fruit, crisp acidity and citrus notes. Pure and round on the palate, with a creamy texture and a long, salivating finish.
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 domaine 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.
Montmains is a Premier Cru vineyard in Chablis, which stretches along an exposed hillside to the south west of the town of Chablis itself. It is renowned for producing fresh, elegant wines with good minerality. Philippe Goulley believes in the ethos of organic farming along with that of minimal intervention; all of his vineyards are farmed organically. The Double Guyot trained vines that have an average age of 45 years and are grown in Kimmeridgian soils, which are rich in clay and limestone with fossilised seashells. The vines are planted at a density of 5,700 vines per hectare and yields are kept to a maximum of 55 hectolitres per hectare. Philippe believes in highlighting terroir and he produces his wines in an unoaked style, allowing them to reveal the purity, minerality and vitality of the soil.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity and were fermented with natural yeasts in temperature controlled vats using organic principles. The wine spent 18 months in stainless steel vats and was made without oak influence to retain the purity of fruit and to let the characteristics of the Premier Cru Montmains terroir shine through. A restricted use of sulphur was used during the vinification and the wine was lightly filtered, prior to bottling.
A delicious accompaniment to grilled seafood or snails.
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