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2018 Domaine Garnier & Fils Mont de Milieu 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 to straw colour with greenish highlights to the outskirts and a watery hue. Lifted pear and lime scents combine with hints of lemon butter, chalky minerals and gun flint. Showing an edge more freshness and not quite as full or ripe as the Fourchaume, the delightful palate has pear, lime and subtle dried honey flavours sprawled across it with underpinnings of chalk and slatey mineral characters. Nice fleshy feel finishing with beautifully balanced acidity and long aftertaste that has a salty edge to it.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Reduction still clouds this wine's fresh nose but at the same time holds promise for the future. The smooth palate adds deep, layered yeastiness that has coolness and freshness at its core. Insistent saltiness is enticing on the sinous, chalky palate. Drink by 2040.
Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast