2018 Les Reinettes Domaine Denis Pommier
First vintage of this new cuvée - 25 year old vines on 100% Kimmeridgian clay. They wanted to have a slightly different village cuvée to match their 'Croix aux Moines' which comes from a more limestone soil on the top of the same hill. Bottled after about 15 months élevage - they think the extra time is particularly necessary in hot vintages as the wine gains in freshness and tension. Juicy and firm with a mineral thread drawing out the finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 L&S (May 2021)
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Last made in 2015 because the volumes were insufficient in the intervening years. Les Reinettes is produced on Kimmeridgeien clay in Poinchy, where the domaine is based. This will have a second winter in tank before bottling. Pale in colour with a light green tint. An agreeably reductive nose, bright and juicy fruit through the middle, then a tighter crunchier more Chablis finish compared to the more supple regular Chablis bottling. Good length. **** Rating: 89 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (May 2021)
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 for 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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