Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Les Cotes de Fontenay 2014
Region: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is golden yellow in colour, with a delicate minerality and notes of ripe peach, hazelnut, flowers and fennel. The palate is rich and exceptionally concentrated with a long and complex finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now but also has the potential to gain more complexity from an extended period of bottle ageing.
The 1.23 hectare 1er Cru ‘Côtes de Fontenay’ single vineyard is situated in the north of Chablis above the Ru de Fontenay stream, a tributary connecting the village of Fontenay-prés-Chablis to the Serein river. Such was the fame of Côte de Fontenay in the 16th century that it was known as 'La Grande Côte'. The vineyards here benefit from an ideal south-facing aspect. The vines are 56 years old and yield exceptionally concentrated grapes.
Guillaume Vrignaud joined the family domaine in 1999, when his father was a member of the co-op in Chablis, and convinced him to build a cellar and start making his own wines. Their success was such that they have grown from 12 hectares of vineyard to 27 hectares today. In 2009, Guillaume moved to organic viticulture but, like many growers in Chablis, abandoned it in the difficult 2016 growing season and is once again in the middle of the three-year conversion period.