CHABLIS

2019 Croix aux Moines Domaine Denis Pommier

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
Other Certified Organic
District Chablis

Not tasted as we were shown the 2018, which undergoes an eighteen-month elevage, so bottled in August 2020. It is the top of a north-facing slope, which catches the late afternoon sun, with Les Reinettes below it. L&S (Oct 2020)


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The 2019 Chablis Croix Aux Moines has a light apple blossom and apple peeling nose, just missing a little complexity compared to its peers. The palate is much better with a harmonious opening, well judged acidity and showing a bit of wood towards the finish. Give it 12 months in bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

From the same terroir as Les Reinettes, but older vines. Pale primrose, pure clean nose, 20% wood in this. Gives it greater weight and a sweeter finish, felt like, some heat, but it may just be the stage of elevage, Tasted: September 2020 **** Rating: 87 - 90 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2021)

Ripe citrus fruit but still showing the stony minerality of Chablis. Intense fruit but with a steely/stony core. Just a slight roundness on the finish from the 30% that is barrel fermented. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 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 6ha
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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