Early this year 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. The 2014 was a real hit with our customers and I hope many of you have opened a bottle to see just how exciting the wine is.
Overnight I received info about the new 2015 vintage of the wine. We offer it at the same price as the 2014. No reviews yet but the old vines make this a rare wine to buy every year.
Petit Chablis Franc de Pied L'Inextinct 2015
Pre Arrival Price $127.50
Not cheap but a truly exceptional bottle of wine for the serious connoisseur.
From the domaine on the Franc de Pied L'Inextinct cuvee: 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.
The Australian on the 2014:
Petit chablis is the jumping-off point to the inimitable wines of the Chablis region. That said, there is nothing entry level about this 100 per cent chardonnay wine, made from ungrafted 100-plus-year-old pre-phylloxera vines. The first impression is of an extra dimension of old vine plushness coating the intense, classically chablis attributes of line, drive and minerality. Grand cru power without the plump. About 80 dozen produced each year.