2010 1er Cru Homme Mort Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Chablis
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 12.5%
Vineyard Homme Mort

Class will out: This floats effortlessly on the airy, yet rocky mineral core. All the weight and power of the Fourchaumes, but with an extra sense of weightlessness. L&S (Jan 2012)

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Readers who can find the flagship, small production 2010 Chablis L'Homme Mort should not hesitate. Today, the 2010 comes across as quite cool and reticent. Next to the Fourchaume it is even more saline and pointed. Mint and floral notes develop over time, adding layers of complexity in this compelling and intriguing Chablis. With time in the glass, the fruit begins to blossom a bit, hinting at what might develop in bottle over the next few years. Drinking range: 2013 - 2013 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, (Aug 2012)

Despite the evocative name of this Premier Cru, there’s nothing remotely tired or even moribund about the wine, which is honeyed, complex and unoaked. On the ripe side for Chablis, but with a bright, focused finish. 2012-15 (91/100) Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, (Feb 2012)

Tighter and more compact, like granite. More of a keeperVictoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Jan 2012)

Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

Domaine Adhémar & Francis Boudin, also known as Domaine de Chantemerle, has supplied L&S since our very first list. Adhémar, who sadly departed on his 96th birthday, was a well-known personality, never short of a story. He was in the leading group of the pioneering growers who cleared scrub and planted some of the original Chablis vineyards. It was hard, and he only stopped keeping cows alongside ('if you didn't have a cow or two you died of hunger') in the mid-1950s. It is astonishing to think that the Premiers Crus were only defined in 1975.

Adhémar was the first to bottle the macabrely-named 'Homme Mort' Premier Cru separately, (it is usually sold as part of la Fourchaume) after a geologist confirmed his belief that it closely resembled the soil structure and exposition of the Grands Crus. The name is as a result of the discovery, when the vines were originally planted, of the body thought to be that of an English soldier from the Hundred Years’ War.

Francis Boudin, now aided by the next generation, his daughters Angélique and Virginie, as well as Angélique's husband, continues to make wines that are, for Chablis, rich and yellow gold, fatly concentrated, unoaked and pure, with a mildly buttery edge rounding out that minerally, stony ethereal Chablis character. These are wines which can be consumed with enormous pleasure in their first year after the harvest, or kept (even the simple Chablis) for several years.

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