Reflection seems to be a skill, or an obsession, that grows with age. But hopefully this is a positive tactic when applied to the wines tasted and vineyards one has visited across the last 12 months. Now is the time to reflect on our wine experiences of 2018 and present them in a geographical format as we travelled across France and England. The first wine region we visited in early summer was Chablis, the most northerly bit of Burgundy. Here are the articles we wrote about each visit or tasting and each will be considered for our best vigneron and best wine of 2018.
#1 Chablis … The queen of wines?
On arriving in Chablis our first visit and tasting was an absolute marathon with owner Richard Rottiers at Domaine des Malandes. Here’s the article we wrote at the time, just click the title link to view:
Our second tasting, same day, was at the cooperative La Chablisienne. These were the first people to introduce us to the terroir and wines of Chablis and we always visit them whenever we arrive in the village. Their Premier Crus wines are outstanding value, especially their Fourchaume. Click the title link to read our short post:
Our third tasting was at Domaine Pinson, an old and long established winemaker in Chablis going back hundreds of years and reputedly one of THE top vigneron in the village. Not easy to get an appointed visit so we were lucky to be introduced by our friend John Abbot, the owner of Abbots Elm Inn near Cambridge who has a second home in the village. Once again, click the title link to read our review post:
The final vigneron is Domaine Dauvissat, a bit of a cheat because Mr Dauvissat is a bit of a recluse and doesn’t allow ANY visits, despite pulling every string I had. However, we organised a tasting at a local Chablis restaurant and the experience is described here. Click the title link again to reveal all:
So there you have it, our 4 top vignerons of Chablis entered into our Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018, which one will go forward to the final? Next …. wines and winemakers .. Alsace.