Guy Robin Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Vieilles Vignes 2019
WINERY: Domaine Guy Robin
WINEMAKER: Marie-Ange Robin
REGION: FRANCE • Burgundy • Chablis
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
VINEYARDS: Estate vines are located in all three lieu-dits in ‘Montée de Tonnerre’: Côte de Bréchain, Pied d’Aloup and Chapelot. Soils are called “millefeuille,” or many-layered, with white clay and fossilized oyster shells.
AGE OF VINES: 40-60 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Pressed immediately, with juice held in tank for 24 hours to settle naturally. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels (10% new.) Aged just under one year in barrel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Regional goats’ cheese; chicken in mushroom sauce; seared ahi tuna or other rich, fresh fish.
Winemaker Marie-Ange Robin represents the fourth generation of vine growers in the family. It was her father Guy who, parcel by parcel, purchased Chablis vineyards in the 1950s; yet it is Marie-Ange who has brought the winery to a level of greatness for which it was always destined. There are few other Chablis estates with such a rich collection of older-vine rootstock, and as a result, few other estates that deliver Chablis wines of such character and complexity. Some 80 percent of the family’s vines today—across five grand cru and four premier cru vineyards—are “vieilles vignes” or older vines.