- Nick's Import
2018 Domaine Garnier & Fils Montmains 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 coloured core with straw edges and a watery hue. Intense ripe pear, peach and dried honey aromas dominate the nose with notions of crème brulee and wet slate also evident. Rich pear, peach, citrus and dried honey flavours are full and round in their feel overlaying a slatey back drop and lingering notions of oyster shell. Excellent concentration finishing dry with a counter balancing freshness to the long ripe aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
A touch of reduction on this wine's subtle nose makes itself felt as a hit of wet walnut and flint. Flintiness with a pleasant edge of walnut-skin bitterness carries over to the palate, where some warmth speaks of the ripeness of the 2018 vintage. At its core, this wine is concentrated and intensely salty, edged with freshness and oh so moreish.
Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast