Albert Bichot,

Chablis Grand Cru, ‘Moutonne’

  • Neal Martin: 94


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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La Moutonne is the jewel in Albert Bichot’s enviable crown of estates in Burgundy. They are the sole owners of this grand cru vineyard (between Vaudesir and Les Preuses). The wine is made from the best grapes on the estate, all hand-picked and carefully sorted.

The makers of this wine evangelize, quite rightly, that the quality of the fruit makes the wine reign supreme. As a result, it is at the more focused end of the grand cru Chablis spectrum: fermented and stored in sealed tanks away from oxygen, with only 25% of the wine fermented in barrel with no new oak. The lees are stirred and the wines are aged for just under a year before final blending and bottling. It is one of the finest expressions of Chablis that there is. It is a white wine of exceptional longevity.

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In The Cellar
In stainless steel vats (75%); In 1 to 5-year-old oak barrels (25%). In oak barrels 25%, and final ageing in stainless steel vats (100%). 10 months in oak barrels; Final ageing in stainless steel vats 6 months, on fine lees.

In The Vineyard
“La Moutonne” is a vineyard nestled in a natural amphitheatre at the heart of the Grand Cru sector of the historic age-old Chablis wine country. Its shape and ideal location make it a natural solar receptor. Sitting 95% in “Vaudésir” and 5% in “Les Preuses” (formerly owned by the Pontigny monks), “La Moutonne” is a monopole meaning Domaine Long-Depaquit is the sole owner. With its south/south-eastern exposure and a steep slope of almost 40%, this vineyard is protected from north winds.
The nose is evocative of fleshy fruit (peach, nectarine) with discreet citrus and floral notes (jasmine, violet). Full-bodied and generous on the palate with very distinct marly minerality due to the micro-terroir. Immensely fresh, light, and supple with hints of oak and exceptional length.