Domaine Seguinot Bordet.
Chablis AOC , Burgundy, France
Hints of grapefuit and kiwi lead to more buttery soft flavours and a lively acidity that gives a great refreshing finish. These Chardonnay white wines are stylish and modern, but still maintain an excellent reflection of their terroir.
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Chablis is one of the world’s classic wine regions, based around the pretty village of the same name. Its fame has drawn the attention of large conglomerate winemakers hopeful of cashing in, but it is small independent winemakers like Jean-Francois Bordet that are the heart and soul of the region.
The domaine dates back to 1590 and Jean-Francois took over the mantle from his grandfather having worked in the vineyards as soon as he finished school. His 28hectares is spread throughout the region and some of the vines are over 78 years old.
Jean-Francois places particular emphasis on obtaining the best fruit possible. He often harvests quite a bit later than his neighbours, gambling with the rains to achieve greater ripeness in his grapes. He also carries out battonage (the stirring of the lees during maturation of the wine), a process that gifts his wines with their tell-tale body and luscious style.
Aside from his obvious skill as a winemaker, we were drawn to his proletarian spirit. He dismissed the notion that it is only the premier and grand cru Chablis that winemakers pay attention to saying, "You have to make the less expensive wines every bit as well because these are the wines most people can afford. The other wines are great but these matter just as much."
"I had been losing faith in village-level wines from Chablis, but this straight AC village Chablis is the finest I have tasted in the last four years. Its fruit is sourced from a family who have been in the business for 700 years. This gorgeous 2013 is made by the youthful Jean-Francois Bordet in a more succulent, less austere style, and is approaching Premiere Cru Quality. It is a product of unique, horizontal fermentation tanks. It expresses the Kimmeridgian limestone beautifully, with melting honey over pear notes, leading to a crisply precise finish."
"Not only is this an unusually classy example of Ireland's favourite Burgundy for the money; it strikes such a happy balance between ripe, honeyed apple and pear flavours, refreshing crispness and Chablis' curiously captivating mineral tang that it's also sure to have wide appeal."
Domaine Seguinot Bordet
Resting on the sloping right bank of the serein river, 16 hectares lie on a perfect south / south-east exposition. The Right Bank Of The Serein is an historical site of the birth of Chablis. Rich soils from The Kimmerridgian give our wines their specifici