Ever since its founding in 1923, the co-operative La Chablisienne has been at the vanguard of the modern co-operative movement and has challenged the assumption that big cannot be beautiful. Over the years, La Chablisienne has given birth to a series of wonderful, age-worthy wines that have positioned it at the top of the cooperative wine quality hierarchy; indeed, there are fewer cooperatives anywhere that make better wines than La Chablisienne. The grapes come from 300 winegrowers in the region and are vinified under the talented eye of Vincent Bartement, who yet again has secured La Chablisienne the award of IWSC French Wine Producer of the Year 2018. Another ace up La Chablisienne’s sleeve is the mosaic of climates, or vineyard plots, making it one of the few sources from which wine lovers can truly taste the differences between the various premier cru and Grand Cru sites of Chablis. The wines are made from a single grape variety, Chardonnay, and so differences between the wines express terroir diversity. The unique soils and microclimates of Chablis prove the right place for Chardonnay, where the most mineral examples of such wines are produced, wines of superb finesse unmatched by any other Chardonnay in the world.
Limpid and brilliant wine with pale gold colour. The bouquet opens with expressive aromas of well-ripened, white-fleshed orchard fruit. On aeration its fresh character becomes more dazzling along with a light touch of mineral reduction. Good aromatic persistence. Well-balanced on the palate giving freshness, elegance and some attractive bitterness within a refined mineral framework. Lingers long on the finish.