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2018 Domaine Garnier & Fils Fourchaume Chablis Premier 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 pale straw colour with tinges of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Rising out of the glass with ample intensity are enchanting pear, dried honey and citrus aromas which are followed by wet slate and oyster shell like notes. Rich, concentrated and beautifully rounded, pear, dried honey and citrus flavours are backed by slate and oyster shell characters. Finishes with a brisk lick of saline like acidity which keeps the long intense aftertaste fresh.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Earth, flint, yeast and lemon gather on the reduced nose of this wine, signaling freshness and layered complexity. The palate sweeps in with the rounded, ripe juiciness of Mirabelle plums. All the fruit is caught in a web of pithy, flinty and salty layers of yeast and chalk. An energetic core of cool freshness propels everything forward and makes this wine vivid.
Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast