2017 Chablis, Domaine de la Motte, Burgundy, France
Nervy, mineral fruit with added depth from a small, around 10%, addition of oak-aged wine into the blend. This is very typical of the Motte style and gives a richness and balance to the wine. A more precise expression of classic chalky Chablis terroir.
12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Domaine de la Motte is a 25 hectare family-run winery handed down from father to son since 1950. Now under the stewardship of Bernard Michaut, an ex-chef who works with his son Adrien and nephew Guillaume, his winery is small but perfectly formed and has benefited from a recent 1m euro investment. His wine-making is meticulous and the wines are benchmarks for the region. They are fastidious about producing wines which reflect the very particular terroirs of Chablis with vines on both Portlandien and Kimmeridgien soil, concentrated, mineral and very precise wines. It is no surprise they were named IWSC French Wine Producer of the Year 2013.
"Apples and mineral, a classic Chablis, with the freshness on the nose repeated on the start of the palate. There is balance mid sweetness a touch of greengage with just a hint of melon the richer fruit backed by citrus the back palate steely the finish is long with chalk and flint. It makes a refreshing glass before dinner...yet there is enough mid richness not to be overpowered by salmon and chicken." Derek Smedley MW