Alain Mathias, Domaine Mathias Chablis, 6 Bottle Case, 75cl

Alain Mathias turned vigneron in 1982 setting up a cellar outside Epineuil, close to Tonnerre in an old quarry. Here he made a little Bourgogne and a little Chablis, and worked as closely to the soil as he could. He turned organic in 2013, having worked in this way for most of his life. In 2015 Carole and Bastien Mathias joined the domaine. They share the respect Alain had for his vines and have brought their own fresh ideas and new techniques to the cellar, including replacing tanks with amphora, replacing old oak with large format and using terracotta jars for 'elevage'. They want to age their wines, and for them with all the work they do in the vineyards, it is the least they can do to create the best space for them to age the wines in order to ensure they reflect the ongoing and hard work that has been put into them.

Chardonnay. 2.5 hectares of vines planted in Lignerolles in the north of Chablis. The soil is Jurassique with Kimmeridgien marne and Portlandian limestone. The fruit is pressed lightly in a pneumatic press over an extended period to allow phenolic build up. The lees are selected after racking and the wine is aged for 10 months in stainless steel, with full MLF. The wine is then lightly filtered prior to bottling. The nose is at first flush with mineral coolness, with some fleshy fruit, hint of cob nut, apple skin and rhubarb. The palate is taut with finely wound fruit and a long clean finish.

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