Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis
£24.99

Vintage              2012

Country             France

Region               Burgundy

Appellation        Chablis

Grape                100% Chardonnay

Alcohol              12.5%

Closure              Screwcap

Producer            The domaine of Jean-Marc Brocard began as just one hectare, a gift from his father-in-law when he married into a winegrowing family. He has since expanded to 200 hectares, of which eighty are biodynamic, and is widely recognised as one of Chablis’s leading producers. The approach is one of minimal intervention in both vineyard and winery: cultivation is practically organic throughout, with ploughing in place of herbicides, predators instead of pesticides, manure rather than fertiliser, and as little spraying as the grapes’ health requires. The results are pure, unadorned expressions of the great chalk slopes of Chablis.

Vineyard             From the village of Préhy, this wine is from a south-facing vineyard. The soil is Kimmeridgian, with alternate layers of limestone and clay/marl containing fossilized marine bodies. The vines are thirty years old.

Winery                Following a pneumatic pressing, the juice underwent fermentation in stainless steel vats with temperature control, and malolactic fermentation was completed.

Taste                   The nose is precise, pure and mineral, with additional notes of citrus. The palate is classic Chablis: structured, crisp and delicious, with flavours echoing the nose.