Part of the reason for travelling and tasting in Burgundy is to discover domaines that fly under the English-speaking critic's radar. We have been successful in the past and this trip has already thrown some names into the ring that will be new to Australian wine lovers.
Last Monday I visited Chablis for the Grand Jours de Bourgogne tasting and tried hundreds of wines. It quickly became apparent that 2014 is exceptional for Chablis. The wines are classic in style - very mineral and fresh, with lovely citric acidity. I was particularly impressed by the Premier Crus where the terroir absolutely sang (and the prices were often wonderful value).
I shortlisted some names and today I present the first of these.
Domaine Alain Geoffroy
was founded in 1850. Today the domaine has just over 50 hectares of vines from Petit Chablis to the Grand Cru Les Clos. The domaine does not feature on most US critic's list but the wines are huge performers at French shows and are regular winners at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. The French newspaper Le Figaro characterizes the wines as " as being fresh, fine and fruity, with a nice mineral footprint".
The 2014's I tasted were beautifully mineral and I constantly noted the wonderful citric acidity. They are classic Chablis for those who love Chablis "like it used to be".
So the wines are classic and mouthwateringly delicious - but what about the prices. Well, these have to be amongst the best value for money Chablis out there! You can buy Premier Crus for less than many charge for Villages wines!
Check out these Pre Arrival Prices, all 2014's:
Petit Chablis $28.50
Chablis Villages (screwcap!) $33.00
Chablis Villages Vieilles Vignes $34.50
Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy $44.50
Chablis 1er Vau Ligneau $44.50
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume $49.95
Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru $125.00
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