La Manufacture Chablis Premier Cru Forêts Vieilles Vignes 2020

Traditional Price €48
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Ben’s goal with his La Manufacture label is to show the incredibly varied and nuanced areas that Chablis has to offer.

You see, most Chablis ends up in one big samey blend, because people just want the word Chablis on the label.

One such special place is Forêts, which is a ‘climat’ of the better-known Montmains Premier Cru.

With Forêts’ south- and east-facing slopes, you get quite a ripe style of Chardonnay from all the sunshine. So Ben picks the grapes slightly early to retain freshness and elegance.

You might know that the hallowed soil is what makes Chablis taste so good. The soil in Forêts is no different - the vineyard sits on Kimmeridgian limestone, with lots of clay and fossils that give the wine its classic flinty characteristic.

You could easily compare it to the nearby Grand Cru Blanchot.

Benjamin then adds complexity through ageing in one-third oak barrels, one-third stainless steel, and one-stail big oak casks.

It’s a masterful example of elegant and complex Burgundian Chardonnay, from a brilliant vintage at a great price.

Wine type White
Grape(s) Chardonnay 100%
Country France
Region of origin Burgundy
Appellation Chablis Premier Cru
Vintage 2018
Alcohol % 13
Oak? 100% Demi-muits
Months in Oak 8 months
Type of Oak Demi-Muits 500L
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 45 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 300M
Soil type(s) Kimmeridgien
Closure Type Diam Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 10 years
Ideal drinking window 2023

Benjamin comes from Chablis royalty - the Laroche family have been rooted here since 1663. Growing up in the vines, he was always destined to continue the family legacy.

Read more about Benjamin.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Jo (Dublin)
Delicious Chablis

Ordered a selection of 6 different chardonnays which we tried over a few weeks, this was by far the favourite.

It's a cracker alright, thanks Jo! Cheers Eamon

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