La Manufacture Chablis Premier Cru Forêts Vieilles Vignes 2020
WineSpark Price €30.58
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.
|Region of origin||Burgundy|
|Appellation||Chablis Premier Cru|
|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|
|Closure Type||Diam Cork|
|Is this wine organic?||No|
|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.
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