This well endowed domaine in terms of both size and quality has an enviable array of 1ers and Grands Crus in its pockets. It’s owned by the Bichot family but run very much as an entity of its own. Matthieu Mangenot, a trained agronomist and oenologist, is the perfect choice to run this estate and has been at the helm for a decade now, during which time the estate has really flourished. Stylistically the wines are very classical, with limited use of oak and an emphasis on highlighting the true mineral quality of Chablis. These are serious wines that deserve the points and positive critiques they receive. La Moutonne is a monopole and a blend of Les Preuses and Les Vaudésirs.
Winemaker: Matthieu Mangenot
Hectares: 65 hectares
Grands Crus Chablis - Grand Cru La Moutonne Monopole - Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudésirs - Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chablis - Grand Cru Les Blanchots - Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses - Chablis Grand Cru Les Bougros - Premiers Crus Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaucopins - Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys - Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons - Chablis 1er Cru Les Beugnons - Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre - Chablis 1er Cru Forêts - Villages Chablis
Vaucopin is part of the commune of Chichée to the east of Chablis and has a southern exposure with steep slopes. This provides ripeness and intensity which amplifies the underlying mineral laden character of the wine. This 2016 is lovely; concentrated, lively, precise and very harmonious and long.
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This is the unoffical extra Grand Cru and a monopole of the domaine. It`s a mix of Les Preuses and Vaudesir (95%) and as always it`s the most backward wine of the range, show muscle and depth. Underneath the structure the minerality is lurking but it all needs time. Drink from 2018. `Real sinewy intensity. Quality shines through. Great depth and then diamond-cutting sharpness. Great stuff. 18 pts` Jancis R
Appellation wise La Moutonne is a curiosity. It is a monopole vineyard that is 95% Vaudesir and 5% Preuses. It captures the sun but is also protected from the winds. It can be incredibly backward but this year it seems quite expressive and particularly mineral. Lean (in a good way) lively and fresh but a brooding sense of weight and purpose. Could be very sepcial.
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