This family-run business is located in Bernouil, a small wine-producing village in the Tonnerrois region, home to “The Emperor’s Vine”, a pre-phylloxera Chardonnay vine that is nearly 200 years old.
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Vineyard
The vines are located on some of the best slopes in Fleys in the Chablis region, and in Epineuil and Bernouil. The clay-rich soils of Bernouil give this wine its freshness, minerality and fruit-forward flavours.
This is a very impressive white offering from this domaine with a few years of extra bottle age allowing this wine to really shine. The nose is delectably complex with attractive notes of white flowers, freshly baked baguette, melted butter, waxy lemon rind and almond paste nuances. The palate is medium bodied and beautifully intense with concentrated layers of white peach, green pear, vanilla pod spice, white citrus, grilled nuts and a stony liquid minerality on the long leesy finish that is further enlivened by fresh pithy acids. With Burgundy suffering continuously short crops and extremely high prices year after year, this modest Bourgogne Chardonnay punches well above its price weight and offers a welcome respite for classical Chardonnay lovers. Charming, characterful and thoroughly delicious. Drink now and over the next 1 to 2+ years. (90/100 Greg Sherwood MW)