Cheers to John Danley, Morgan LaCroix and inderpal singh on Fortification last week.
This week: Chablis Grand Cru
What is the soil, aspect and special character of this site?
The best sights of Chablis, including the entire Grand Cru are on Kimmeridgian Marl, a limestone-clay soil with marine fossil fragments throughout, which often come through in the wine.The Grand Cru is south facing, sloping down to the Serein River. Technically there is only one Grand Cru of Chablis, but it is divided into 7 Climats, Les Clos (largest), Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudesir, Blanchot, Valmur and Grenouilles.
And there is that "unofficial" 2.5 ha parcel La Moutonne, a monopole of Domaine Long-depaquit, which is allowed by the INAO to carry the words Grand Cru on its label since the 1950s.
(excerpt from the Wine Searcher web-site:)
"La Moutonne sits in a natural amphitheater, mostly within the Vaudesir Grand Cru vineyard but with a small protrusion into Les Preuses. For reasons which remain unclear, this small vineyard was excluded from classification when the Chablis Grand Cru appellation was drafted back in 1938. Like all vineyards on this prestigious hillside overlooking the town of Chablis, La Moutonne benefits from the limestone-clay 'Kimmeridgian' soils which have become so strongly associated with Chablis and its top wines. These soils, formed from millions and millions of tiny marine fossils, were once part of an ancient seabed. The loosely textured clay limestone helps to limit the vines' vigor and yield, increasing concentration in the grapes. It is also credited for the wines' distinct mineral character."
I have seen La Moutonne listed as an unofficial Grand Cru but thought that meant that the wines were generally regarded as equals, didn't realize it was allowed to be listed on the label! Thanks for the info!
only blanchot is not south-facing