2016 Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Grossot, Burgundy, France
This 1er cru is a perfect example of one of the most renowned 1er Cru of Chablis. Skillfully crafted by Jean Pierre Grossot it shows incredible fruit purity and a real stony, mineral character that reflects the superb vineyards soils of Mont de Milieu. This is 1er cru Chablis as it should taste, sublime, with a fresh nose of apple and citrus. Full bodied and powerful mouth with a lengthy finish.
Following in the footsteps of her parents, Eve Grossot has now taken charge at this family domaine. Eve has chosen to continue the estate's focus on expressing the wonderful terroir of their land whilst translating this into more elegant, fine examples of Chablis. Following organic practices, her sights are set on all vineyards being fully certified organic by 2019. The wines have mouth-watering minerality and a wonderfully pure, appley fruit that electrifies the palate, whilst retaining a considerable richness for Chablis.
The parcels of Chablis premier Cru Mont de Milieu are on a hillside between Fleys and Chablis. It is sloping and exposed at South on a Kimmeridgian soil composed of clay and limestone. The total area is 0.65 hectars. The vines were planted in the 80’s. For the past 20 years the vineyard has been managed in line with the practises of "Reasoned Agriculture" which means soil tillage, using organic fertilizer, and using treatments only where they are strictly necessary. For two years, several of the plots have been grown Organically and the entire production will be certified as Organic within 3 years. This care for nature is reflected elsewhere too, the old branches of vine are collected and burned in a wood burner to heat buildings on the estate.
After a mild settling of the juice, the juice is put in stainless steel tanks for the beginning of the alcoholic fermentation. Then 1/2 of the juice is racked in barrel to finish its fermentation and begin the malolactic fermentation. The rest of the wine stay in stainless steel tanks. After 7 months the wine is racked and the two cuveé blended then further aged in tanks. Most years gentle fining with “bentonite” clay to eliminate proteins. Then the wine is filtered with the tangential process. The wine is bottling 18 months after harvesting.