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 notesBeautiful, pale yellow in colour. The nose is highly expressive and sophisticated, offering great complexity. Lovely freshness due to notes of citrus zest, bergamot, Eau de Cologne, clementine and lemon verbena. The palate starts off featuring perfect balance between freshness and restraint , along with pronounced tautness and spring-like notes that are evocative of chlorophyll. The palate is extremely subtle, elegant and sophisticated featuring a mineral nuance of stone and oyster shell complemented by pleasing salinity in addition to a slight hint of refreshing bitterness and a touch of kumquat. Spicy notes (Espelette pepper, pepper) lend this wine its classy, assertive character. This impressively distinguished wine is both complex and airy