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Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin

Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin 2016

A clear, clean gold colour and a mineral nose with notes of flint and intense aromas of acacia and honeysuckle. This wine has an almost chiselled freshness. It’s power comes from a crystal clean and fine minerality. The aromas are complex. White flowers, citrus and smoke are to the fore. The finish has a liveliness that will delight the tastebuds.

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  • Millésime 2011
  • Tim Atkin Master of Wine

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Chablis Vaucoupin Wine

Vaucoupin is a Premier Cru vineyard site in the south of the Chablis wine region. Thisclimat is distinguished from the surrounding countryside by very steep slopes and pockets of high-quality Kimmeridgian soil, which have justified its delimitation as a Premier Cru vineyard. The Chardonnay based wines made here have rich, nutty flavors that are balanced with taut acidityand intense minerality.

The 100-acre (40ha) vineyard lies in an east-west oriented valley on the eastern banks of the Serein river. The village of Chichee is nearby and Chablis town itself is about 2.5 miles (4km) to the north.

 


A Vaucoupin wine label

The Vaucoupin climat's defining feature is its steepness. Here, the land rises sharply from the valley below, offering growers a south-facing slope with efficient sunlight exposure. As such, grapes have a chance to reach perfect levels of ripeness prior to harvest, while retaining their essential acidity. This slope, however, comes with its challenges: parts of the vineyard are too steep to be tended by machine, and vignerons must harvest by hand, a slow and expensive process.

The Kimmeridgian soil that is found throughout Chablis is present in the Vaucoupin terroir. This soil, rich with marine fossils that contribute to the high levels of limestone, is free draining and low in fertility, offering an excellent base for vines. By curbing vigor  and vield, the dry, stony soils force the plant into producing small, concentrated berries that are excellent for winemaking. Soil textures vary across Vaucoupin, offering up different influences on the developing grapes.

The Vaucoupin vineyard has no smaller Premier Cru vineyards associated with it (as is the case in Fourchaume  or Vaillons), but is separated into two smaller lieux-dit ; Vaucoupins and Adroit de Vaucoupins.

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A.O.C controlled designation of origin Premier Cru appellation of Chablis vineyard.
Grape variety 100% chardonnay.
Terroir Kimmeridgian.
Vineyard The vineyard of Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin is located on the right bank of Serein river. The vines are relatively protected from climatic hazards.
Vines Chardonnays planted in the 90s
Exposure South / South-West exposure with slopes of 30 to 45%.
Vine growing H.V.E. High Environmental Value
Harvest Harvest at optimum maturity, destemming, sorting, pneumatic pressing.
Winemaking The winemaking is carried out in stainless steel vats. The natural fermentations are controlled at low temperatures.
Breeding Aging is carried out for 12 to 18 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks before filtration and bottling.
Aging 10 years and more
Service Serve chilled but not cold (12 ° C).
Aspect A clear, clean gold colour
Nose A mineral nose with notes of flint and intense aromas of acacia and honeysuckle.).
Mouth This wine has an almost chiselled freshness. It’s power comes from a crystal clean and fine minerality. The aromas are complex. White flowers, citrus and smoke are to the fore. The finish has a liveliness that will delight the tastebuds.
Accords Serve with grilled lobster, scallops or fish. Cooked oysters are also very good with this wine.
Tasting The first Cru Vaucoupin is tender and delicious with the charm of the Chardonnay and the length of a 1er Cru.
Millésime 2011 2018
Tim Atkin Master of Wine 93/100
DVE guide des vins 89/100

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