Old Vines in Chablis

Sunday, February 10, 2013

When vines grow old, vignerons are faced with a choice. Older vines mean lower yields, which can squeeze a domaine’s bottom line. But old vines also produce more concentrated and better quality juice, leading to wines of depth and intensity.

In Chablis, Alain Gautheron has chosen to keep his old vines, rather than pull up and replant more fruitful ones. The result is his gorgeous Chablis Vieilles Vignes, from chardonnay grapes grown on 55 year old vines. We couldn’t be happier with his decision.

The wine has a beautiful golden hue, with notes of honeysuckle and baked green apple. It shows the classic stony freshness that comes from the Chablis soil, and features an elegant whisper of beautifully integrated oak.

As always with Chablis, the price is remarkably good. This wine matches our entry-level (young vine) chardonnays in price, but performs at the elegance level of a 1er cru.

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GAUTHERON CHABLIS 2010
Ansonia Retail: $24
offer price: $19.95

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