Region: Chablis Grapes: Chardonnay First Glance: Exotic, Saline, Rich, Long
The Wine: On the left bank of the Serein and the middle of the slope, Vaillons is a particularly well-positioned Premier Cru that enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to the work of several key growers. The domaine works with vines planted in 1974 in the lieux-dits of Les Epinottes (a cooler part of the vineyard) and Roncières (which provides more flesh). Then, a parcel of 75-year-old vines in Sécher usually accounts for 30% of the blend and provides intense mineral cut and structure. The wine was fermented and aged in both tank and older barrels. Each parcel was vinified separately before being blended. A terrific Vaillons that will certainly get better with another few years in the bottle.