2018 Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France (750 ml)

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Though trained as an architect, Jean-Claude Bessin preferred to take over the vineyards of his Tremblay father-in-law who provided wine for the local cooperative. From his 12 hectares he produces Chablis vieilles vignes, Chablis Montmains premier cru, Chablis Fourchaume premier cru and Chablis Valmur grand cru. A special cuvée of Fourchaume is labelled as La Pièce au Comte which was passed to the Tremblay after the death of a Countess. The majority of the crop is now harvested by hand, with natural yeasts preferred for fermentation. The wines have a long élévage on fine lees, the crus being bottled after 15 to 18 months, with a proportion of barrel fermentation and maturation for the top wines. A sleeper property whose wines are on the radar of those in the know. This incredible "basic" Chablis is anything but. A rich full bodied wine with tons of fruit and structure that drinks like a high quality Permiere Cru Pear, apple, lemon and oodles of stones mix around in a whirl of quality wine. This wine straddles the line between lean Chablis and a richer Beaune White. Don't miss out on this wine that delivers great mid term ageability.

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