TerroirOur Fourchaume is made from grapes grown in the coolest plots of this west/south-west facing terroir. The soil here is composed of relatively deep clay-limestone marls from the Kimmeridgian with brown clays and a low pebble content which provide the land with excellent water reserves and drainage properties. The Premier Cru Fourchaume is the flagship for the Chablis Premier Crus. It has a large surface under vine (140 ha) and results in wines that are both generous yet mineral, seductive and complex.
Vinfication and ageingThe carefully settled grape juice is transferred to stainless steel vats and 20% oak barrels for a high precision fermentation. The wine is then left in contact with its fine lees for several months and carefully aged with frequent tastings carried out to determine what operations, such as stirring (bâtonnage) or racking, need to be performed. Blending is carried out with the utmost precision to ensure optimum balance in the finished wine.
Tasting notesAttractive pale-yellow hue. The mineral nose discloses chalky notes and a hint of smoke. Delicate aromas of wheat flour and springtime flowers (snowdrop, lily of the valley) intertwine with notes of ripe citrus fruit, yellow stone fruit and a touch of white pepper. The palate is deep, dense and intense with excellent tension, characteristic of grapes harvested at perfect maturity in this mineral terroir. Notes of nougat and acacia honey linger on the saline finish.