Domaine Duplessis

At this fine Chablis domaine, father Gérard handed over the reins to son Lilian in about 2010. He cultivates the 9ha organically. The domaine has a good spread of vineyards including Petit Chablis, Chablis, premiers crus Vaugiraut, Vaillons, Fourchaume (Vaupulent), 1ha of 70-year-old vines in Montée de Tonnerre from the excellent lieu dit Pied d'Aloue, 2ha of Montmains where it joins with Forêt and 0.30ha of grand cru Les Clos. Many of the vineyards are planted with the early, low yielding rootstock 161-49.

In the cellar the Petit Chablis, Chablis and Vaugiraut are fermented and aged in stainless steel tank and bottled after a year. All the others have fermentation then a year in stainless-steel tanks, followed by a further 6 months in barrels, which are kept for 10 years, the average age being 5 years, which develops and matures the wines without contributing any oak flavours.

The result is fine, concentrated, classic Chablis with each vineyard clearly expressing its characteristic flavours.

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