Once in a while I come across a wine that is truly unique. By that I don't mean just very special, but something that has no peers.
Whilst at the Grand Jours tasting in Chablis a friend of mine recommended I taste the wines of Louis and Catherine Poitout. The domaine is small at just 18 hectares but amongst their vineyards is something unique.
They have a 0.55 hectare plot of Petit Chablis with pre-phylloxera vines. The enormous old vines have survived because the high water content proved impossible for the wine louse to navigate in the late 19th century.
Apart from Bollinger Champagne's Vieilles Vignes Francaises I know of no other Pre Phylloxera parcel in France (correct me if I am wrong).
The ancient vines are very low cropping and produce around 1000 bottles a year. I am delighted to be able to offer the 2014 vintage of this wine. As you know 2014 is an exceptional year for Chablis. This is a truly special wine and something extraordinary to have in the cellar. It is very limited as you would expect.
Petit Chablis Franc de Pied L'Inextinct 2014
Pre Arrival $127.50
Not cheap but a truly exceptional bottle of wine for the serious connoisseur.
The Louis and Catherine Inextinct Franc de Pied Petite Chablis is hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel, and remains there until the spring. Extremely lightly fined and filtered, this 100+ year old vine Chablis displays a lovely perfume of minty minerality, lemon, ginger, white almonds with a hint of light red fruits. An extraordinary complex nose characterized by a medium frame on the palate that is elegant yet powerful remaining consistent throughout the long and lengthy finish.