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Producer: Domaine Brigitte CerveauGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Crisp dry textured whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Classic Petit Chablis showing a salty wet stone character through to a clean and cleansing finish.
In 1975, Jean-Pierre Ellevin established the current domain, which is situated in the village of Clichée, in the heart of the Chablis appellation and decided to specialise in the production of Chablis. Jean-Pierre is the fifth generation of the family to own and run the domain with expertise having been passed from father to son over the years. In the 1980s Jean-Pierre married his wife, Brigitte Cerveau, also from a winemaking family with a history dating back to the French revolution. Today, Jean Pierre and Brigitte cultivate 16 hectares, which is exclusively Chardonnay. Together with their son Alexandre Ellevin, who heads up the winemaking, they are passionate about respecting tradition whilst producing excellent, aromatic wines, which are a true reflection of their origin.
The spring of 2016, was cold and rainy with spring frost affecting the vineyard. The summer saw some hail, which coupled with the spring frosts resulted in reduced yields. August brought warmer, dry weather which enabled the grapes to ripen. Weather conditions in September were mild, with sunshine interspersed with mild showers, which encouraged the grapes to reach full maturity. Harvest took place between 30th September and 3rd October and the resulting wines are high quality, lively and beautifully balanced.
The vines planted in this Petit Chablis parcel are aged between 15 and 25 years. The vineyards are managed using sustainable agriculture methods, reducing the use of chemicals in order to respect the land and its environment. No weed killers are used and the vineyard is carefully farmed three times a year in order to respect the biodiversity of the soil.
Traditional vinification techniques were used to produce this Chablis, while following a philosophy of minimal intervention. The grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks preserving the primary flavours and characteristics of the terroir. The wine was kept on its fine lees in order to achieve the perfect balance between fruit and a rounded texture. Unoaked in style, the wine was aged in stainless steel for six to 12 months.
An elegant and crisp Petit Chablis with vibrant citrus and grapefruit notes enveloped in mineral complexity. The fresh and fruity characters are supported by a rounded and textured palate.
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