Typical elegance and power from Les Clos alongside lovely acid and brine. Close to the pinnacle for Chardonnay.
The Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos from the dynamic Bouchard brothers has the wonderful balance and concentration expected from this revered site. It displays a very elegant purity of fruit, bright acidity which culminates in a long lingering finish.
Producer: Domaine de L'Enclos
Region/Country: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Production Method: Organic farming. Stainless steel tanks for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine spent 12 months ageing on its lees in oak barrels, aged between one to five years-old, before being bottled.
Style: Dry, crisp and distinctly mineral
Pairing Suggestion: Salads, seafood dishes
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Domaine de L’Enclos
This is one of the most exciting new domaines to have emerged from Chablis in the past decade. Unusually in Chablis, they don't chaptalise and instead work with low yields in order to ensure full ripeness in the grapes. All of the wines from Domaine de L’Enclos are organically certified from the 2018 vintage.