Chablis – Les Preuses
Grand Cru White barrel
Tasted: Oct 11, 2017
Note: from a .69 ha parcel
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: In contrast to the funky nose of the Blanchot, this is really quite elegant with its ripe but cool and airy aromas of pear, mineral reduction, ocean breeze and whiff of acacia blossom. While not quite as broad-shouldered as the other grands crus in the range, here too there is plenty of sappy dry extract adding volume to the medium-bodied flavors while also serving to buffer the moderately firm acid spine on the balanced and impressively persistent finish. This has the potential to be first-rate.