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2017 Domaine Garnier & Fils Vaudesir Chablis Grand Cru
Based in Ligny-les-Chatel on the northern fringe of the Chablis appellation, Domaine Garnier & Fils has been family owned since 1789 with brothers Jerome and Xavier Garnier currently overseeing the winemaking and management. Jerome works the vineyards, while Xavier makes the wines, and together they are leading a group of newer producers finding their voice in the northern most part of Chablis. Organic farming is practiced in the vineyards, and fermentation occurs with natural yeasts before the wines are matured in a mix of very large barrels and stainless steel tanks.
Bright straw colour with a watery hue. Captivating aromas of ripe peach, pear and dried honey are followed by some apricot, light crème brulee and spicy nougat. Ripe and lush the palate is engulfed with a rich and very concentrated flavour profile of peach, apricot and dried honey. Notions of crème brulee, subtle cashew and spicy hazelnuts flow well into the back half. Full and generously textured it finishes with a lemony freshness and long powerful aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
Nutty, toasty but subtle notes of oak come with a tinge of vanilla on this wine's nose. These are even stronger on the palate where evolution already shows, with distinct notes of dried fruit amid the chalkiness, wet earth tones and edge of honey. Lemony freshness highlights all these elements, creating a lucid picture of concentration, generosity and freshness. Drink by 2035.
Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast