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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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 18 hectares of vineyards, which are run according to biodynamic principles (which have sadly cost them dearly in terms of lost crop in 2016 and 2017).
The Petit Chablis is a model of brisk freshness - made entirely in stainless steel - while the Premier Crus benefit from a small amount of barrel-fermentation and élevage. The Troësmes (a small parcel within the larger premier cru 'Beauroy' which the Pommiers think deserves to be identified by its correct name) 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.
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