2021 Domaine Gerard Duplessis Chablis

A bright and zippy Chablis blended primarily from 1er Cru vineyards.

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Punching well above its weight class, this Chablis is a blend of four different 1er Cru vineyards grown on the famous Kimmeridgian limestone soils of the region.

With vines ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old, the depth of character, as well as the vine's ability to produce equivalent quality fruit in both warmer and colder years, provides quiet confidence in the ‘estate’ wines from Gerard Duplessis.

As always with these wines, minerality is at the core, however there are also citrus and gingery fruit elements across the bright palate. Ultimately, quality of fruit is the core attraction of this super value-for-region wine.

The Domaine owns 1.8 hectares across 4 parcels, all situated between the 1er Cru of Vaillons and Montmains.
Northwest exposition. 1 plot of 20-year-old vines, 1 plots of 45 years old and finally 2 x parcels 60-year-old vines.
Lilian explains that when you have the benefit of old vines, their ‘experience’ helps to negate the warmer
weather, they are not so easily influenced by these factors. Pressed straight into tank, no preferment racking or
setting, wild fermentation, malo finished in tank. Chablis then see 10 to 12 months elevage total in tank before bottling.

2021 Vintage:

“Two-thousand and twenty-one is a different kettle of fish. It is far less consistent than the previous vintage. But
dismiss it at your own loss. Despite all the travails, it is a fascinating vintage full of ups and downs...but the “ups”
can be outstanding, perhaps catnip to those seeking Chablis wines that hark back to a time when growers struggled to reach full ripeness instead of avoiding over-ripeness. You could argue that the shortfall in warmth and sunlight meant that canopies could distribute energy to a lower number of clusters, thereby making it easier to achieve.”

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