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2018 Domaine Garnier & Fils Les Clos 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.
Les Clos often produces one of the most powerful and concentrated examples of Grand Cru Chablis. Garnier age their wine 100% in 228 litre barrels varying from 3-6 years old for 12 months before bottling.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a subtle tinge of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Alluring scents of pear, lime and dried honey show fabulous intensity out the glass with ensuing stony notes, hints of quince and oyster shell. Rich and concentrated yet at the same time wonderfully vibrant, the palate is layered with ripe pear, lime and dried honey flavours. Generously textured and round in its feel, chiselled stone, green apple and minerally oyster shell characters lie underneath. Superb depth finishing dry with brisk acidity, the aftertaste exceptionally long and energetic.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.