Domaine Vocoret & Fils is one of the largest domaines in Chablis, so why are we choosing instead a small plot of their vines worked by a young family member and his wife?
The fact is that Edouard and Eleni are producing a very special Chablis from only 3.2 hectares of vineyards—and they are situated just below the famous 1er Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’. The wine is excellent—the Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret ‘Le Bas de Chapelot’ has earned glowing reviews from leading wine connoisseurs including Jancis Robinson, Jamie Goode and Tim Atkin—and we have again secured a small parcel of the new 2016 vintage at an excellent price, so as a Club Member you can snap it up now for £18.25 per bottle delivered.
Neal Martin (Wine Advocate) writes of this 2016 Chablis ‘Bas de Chapelot’, ‘It has a lovely bouquet, quite intense with subtle orange rind scents infusing the cold wet stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with good concentration on the entry and a fine line of acidity.’ He scores it 89 points (of 100).
The celebrated Chablis producer Vincent Dauvissat is a mentor and a source of inspiration for Edouard and Eleni, who have a passion for their wine and a demanding work ethic—immediately converting the vineyards to organic, hand harvesting, and creating their wines with no manipulation in the cellar. The result is an excellent Chablis.
The 2016 was not a classic vintage in Chablis—the growing season was a violent one, with frost, rain, hail, mildew and even grillure (i.e grapes burned by sun) conspiring to cut Chablis production by 50% or more at many estates. But those who pass on this vintage will miss some very good wines, including the 2016 Eleni & Edouard Vocoret ‘Le Bas de Chapelot’. The Tasting Panel loved the beautifully perfumed bouquet, which is so aromatic, lively and perfumed with grapefruit, lemons and some spicy, rich pear fruit. The palate is concentrated and shows richness and freshness, with pear, grapefruit and some tangerine. Textured and mouth-filling, this lovely wine has depth, intense and long, and is a gorgeous wine to enjoy alone and with food, excelling with fish and shellfish. Drinking beautifully now, it will cellar until 2021.
The Club Wine Tasting Panel recommend that you try a case now, as these young producers are going up in the Chablis world and their prices have increased substantially.