2018 Hauterivien Domaine Denis Pommier
Even this 'opener' from the Pommiers is organic and quite brilliant too. Nice crisp edge here. This is clean and bright on the nose and that freshness follows to the palate. All soft lemon and cox apple a very convincing Chablis line. Was expecting to be bigger and more broad - but it is good and pacy and just how you want it. Nice matter in the middle - but well balanced. Perfect and not so Petit! L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Petit-Chablis Hautérivien offers light cooking apple scents on the nose. The palate is balanced and clean, with simple malic fruit and a citric finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 86 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Sep 2020)
The Pommiers’ organic chablis are a joy, and even this steely, leafy petit chablis hits the heights.Jane MacQuitty, The Times(Jul 2020)
Beautiful nose with white fruits, ripe and gourmand with a richness due to the terroir, both rich and unctuous.
25 years old Chardonnay vines grown on 2.8 hectares on the Hauterivien (Villy) where the very clayey soil makes wines that are light and fresh with a good minerality.
Organic practices in the vineyard, working the soil, debudding.
Alcoholic fermentation on native yeasts and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Matured on fine lees for 6 months. Light fining before bottling after 12 months in tanks. Potential ageing - 3 to five years.Winemaker's notes(Feb 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 (9.5ha) 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 (1.8ha) 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 (1.1ha) 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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