Andrew Guard

2018 Chablis Grand Cru 'Blanchots', Christophe et Fils

When Sebastien casually mentioned to me that he had produced a Grand Cru from 2018 my ears pricked right up! As someone who produces Petit Chablis that betters most Chablis and Chablis V.V. that is better than many 1er Cru - this is brilliant news for Sebastien and it's from Blanchot, right across the way from his vines in Montée de Tonnerre. Blanchot produces superb, steely wines and it is the top vineyard for some producers (Laroche, Billaud-Simon) It always produces discreet, floral wines that have the capacity to age very well. Banchots refers to the very white colour of the soil, it. Put this wine away for a few more years whilst you enjoy the others.

Sébastien Christophe is a name that I had been hearing for quite some time from some of the growers that I work with whenever the subject of Chablis came up. The Domaine Christophe is only 9 years old and founded with vines inherited by his Grandfather. Despite being such a young estate the quality and exacting nature of his work has meant that his wines are eagerly sought out and quickly sold out despite him being completely unknown by the media.  His success has come completely by word of mouth.

The wines of Domaine Christophe all display classic Chablis notes of shells and green apples on the nose, along with a pretty, underlying hint of white flower and lemon. It's the kind of bright nose that gives the drinker intimation of the acidity and tension that will follow on the palate, which is indeed nervy but also generous with an appealing balance of flavours offset by a rocky and saline harmony. The wine finishes with the sort of mouth-coating minerality and mouth-watering citrusy acidity that makes Chablis a favourite amongst lovers of wines that truly reflect their terroir.