2018 Croix aux Moines Domaine Denis Pommier
No more than 10% in new wood; this would normally be nearer to 25%. But he's right there is already a really good feel. Mineral, chalky line takes the lead - then some soft yellow. Mirabelle and green-gage inflected fruit builds. Less crisp finish but this starts bright and clean and grows on the palate. Attractively broad and wholesome. Some iodine and more savoury notes swirl on the finish. Interesting and intriguing. Lots to think about will need a few months to settle. L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Chablis Croix Aux Moines has a slightly reserved bouquet, with light green apple and flinty scents eventually being coaxed out. The palate is well balanced, offering a fine bead of acidity, good tension and a taut and lightly spiced finish. This is one of my favorites from Pommier in 2018. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Sep 2020)
Domaine Denis Pommier
Founded when the Pommiers inherited 2 hectares of vines in 1990. Isabelle and Denis bottled their first wine in 1994 and now have 23 hectares of vineyards, which are certified organic (which sadly cost them dearly in terms of lost crop in 2016 and 2017) and run according to biodynamic principles. Further reading is available in the form of Denis' book 'Les Larmes de Ma Vigne', published in 2020.
The Petit Chablis is a model of brisk freshness - made entirely in stainless steel - while the Premier Crus in benefit from a small amount of barrel-fermentation and élevage. The two named 'lieu-dits' of Chablis 'village', Les Reinettes and Croix aux Moines, are about a hectare in total. The Troësmes is within the larger premier cru 'Beauroy'. The Pommiers think this 'best bit' deserves to be identified by its correct name. It is relatively rounder, while the Côte de Léchet is the one for fans of the slatier, crystalline side of minerality. Keep either of the premiers crus four to six years.
Petit Chablis 9.5 ha (+ 2 planted not yet in production)
Chablis Reinettes and Chablis Croix aux Moines 1ha - a north -facing slope which catches the sun late in the day. Reinettes is on pure Kimmeridgian clay, under Croix au Moines, which is on a thinner soil at the top of the hill, both in the same sector as Côte de Léchet.
Chablis 1er cru Troësmes 1.8ha - white marl, facing due south.
Chablis 1er cru Cote de Léchet 1.1 ha - chalky, south-east-facing.
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume .8 ha - a very steep hot south-west facing slope.
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