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Domaine Michaut Freres, France

Chablis has experienced more than its fair share of bad luck in the last few years with tiny harvests resulting in soaring prices.

So we are pleased to have Bernard Michaut on board providing his stunning, fresh vibrant Chablis.The winery is located in Biene close to Chablis, built on the classic soil of the region, kimmeridgien, underpining the 60 hectares of vineyards. These wines show great typicity, steely acidity, plenty of fruit with that unmistakeable note of flinty "terroir".

Viticulture

The soils are formed of portlandien and kimmeridgien soil, and in perfect growing conditions provide the unique terroir for the grapes to show their individuality. This is an HVE “Haute Valeur Environnementale” meaning “High Environmental Value” certified farm, which is the highest of the three levels of environmental certification for farms in France. The third level certification attests to compliance, for the entire farm, with environmental performance thresholds relating to biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy, fertilization and water resource management, measured either by composite indicators or by global indicators.

Winemaking

For the Chablis the alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel for 15 days at 21º C, followed by Malolactic fermentation, again in stainless steel for 5 weeks at 20º C. The 1er Cru undergoes an alcoholic fermentation in oak barrels for about 15 days and a malolactic fermentation for 5 weeks at 20º C, again in oak barrel. Cold stabilised then filtered before bottling.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Beautifully fresh vibrant Chablis.
  • Much of the work is done by hand, and grapes are always picked into small buckets to ensure they don't get crushed before they get to the winery.
  • HVE "Haute Valeur Environnementale" certified.