Winemaker: Thirty-something winemaker Cyril Gautheron has elevated his family domaine in Chablis to new heights. His fanatical attention to detail and purity results in an astonishing clarity and precision in his wines. He relies on terroir and skill – rather than oak – to craft his wines.
Appellation: Chablis is Chardonnay at its most elemental. With little or no oak in most cuvées, the region’s singular stony, fossil-filled terroir shows through in the wine. Vaucoupin is a premier cru on Chablis’s right bank, but one without the same seriousness of Montée de Tonnerre or Mont de Milieu. It’s more floral, saline, smooth and welcoming.
Wine: Gautheron’s 2018 Vaucoupin is just delicious. It’s very long, ripe, and full of tension. There’s no oak to obscure the gorgeous ripe fruit, and the nose bursts with spring flowers and dry lemon fruit. The mouth shows the unmistakable power of premier cru terroir, and the finish is noticeably longer and more elegant than the Petit Chablis or Vieilles Vignes.
Pairing: Spring Vegetable Goat Cheese Tart
Gautheron Chablis 1er “Vaucoupin” 2018
bottle price: $35
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