Chablis – Bougros
Grand Cru White barrel
Tasted: Oct 11, 2017
Note: from a .46 ha parcel; matured in a mix of 2 to 10 year old wood
Producer note: François Servin, along with his export manager Mark Cameron, direct the operations of this 32 ha domaine. Cameron’s take on the 2016 vintage was that “despite the exceptionally difficult and erratic growing season, wine quality is remarkably good. In fact, I am surprised by how good it is given everything that the vines endured. We chose to begin picking on the 26th of September and harvested pretty clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields though were incredibly disparate, ranging as they did between literally 0 and 53 hl/ha! The frost really cost us though in our Chablis villages vineyards because across 11.4 ha, we averaged only 7 hl/ha! As to the style of the 2016s, they remind me of a slightly fresher 2015 but perhaps with slightly better acid levels. In the same fashion as the 2015s, the 2016s should drink relatively well early.” Note that a number of now in-bottle 2015s were revisited below; Cameron noted that the 2015s were bottled after 8 to as many as 20 months of élevage. (Weygandt-Metzler, www.weygandtmetzler.com, PA, USA; Laithwaites Wine Merchants, www.laithwaites.co.uk and Majestic Wine Warehouses, www.majestic.co.uk, both UK).
Tasting note: Enough wood to mention frames the ripe green fruit, sea breeze and ample petrol-scented nose. There is impressive density to the overtly powerful flavors that also brim with dry extract along with noticeable wood on the markedly dry and mildly austere finish that stops just short of rusticity. The wood should eventually integrate though today it’s not subtle.