Domaine Cyril Gautheron Chablis Grand Cru “Les Preuses” 2018, Burgundy, France (750ml)
Domaine Gautheron is located in Fleys, a village of 150 inhabitants surrounded by Chablis' eastern hills in Northern Burgundy. It covers 25 hectares of vines on some of Chablis best terroirs. The estate was created in 1809, is family owned and operated for more than seven generations. Today Cyril Gautheron, supported by his wife Agnès, is making one of the appellation's finest wines.
Cyril Gautheron focusses on the expression of terroir to make graceful wines which respect the crisp and traditional characteristics of Chablis. From the classic Chablis and crystal-cut Premier Cru to the bold Grand Cru wines, the Domaine is highly recognized among international wine trade. Cyril's wines can be found in some of the world's best restaurants and bars: Hakkasan in London, Gordon Ramsay’s Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux, The Beef Club in Paris, just to name a few.
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Vine Age: Average of 50 years
Geological Substrata: Kimmeridgian Marls
Potential: Striking now, it can age for the next 20 years
The Grand Cru “Les Preusses” was named after the old French word "perreuse", which means "pierre" (stone), due to the antic Roman stone-road that was connecting the city of Chablis to the village of Maligny. The road does not exist since a long time, as now seats “Les Preuses” vineyard. Les Preuses is a Grand Cru climat of Chablis, located on the eastern bank of the Serein river above the town of Chablis.
Overlooking the valley, Chablis Grand Cru “Les Preuses” is imposing with its 10.8 hectares. Plots are south and southwest facing. It is literally bathed in sunlight. During Summer, the vines take advantage of sun rays until late in the evening. On the top, soils are predominantly clay-limestone, brown in color. Underneath lies the hundreds of million years Kimmeridgian limestone soil containing an infinite number of marine fossils, the classical bed rock of Chablis greatest vineyards.
Shining dense gold colour with green highlights. Intense nose of ripe pear, lemon, straw, oyster! Les Preuses has a chalky minerality backbone making it a deep, pure, and expressive wine with an impressive length. The crystal-cut high minerality is balanced by a beautiful concentration and depth.