2019 Chablis

Explore the wines of Benoît Droin, Jean-Claude Bessin, Samuel Billaud and Long-Depaquit in this outstanding Chablis vintage, where freshness, concentration, and tension are the key characteristics.


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2019 Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

It is hard to overemphasise how much more than a standard Chablis this is. The old vines range from 40 to 68 years old, and are scattered across seven different parcels, with a variety of soil structures and exposures. It takes the prize for ‘hidden gem’ of our Chablis range, with its crunchy, lime-juice zing, and compelling mineral freshness. The palate has weight and drive. This may be a wine of humble communal classification, but it has a profound character, and deserves special attention.

Young: 2021 - 2027

2019 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

This might just be the best value grand cru in Burgundy. For the sheer weight of character, depth, and precision, you couldn’t do much better for the same price anywhere else. It is smoky, taut, so intense. The palate has elevated power and freshness. This should make great old bones.

Young: 2022 - 2032

2019 Chablis 1er Cru La Forêt, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

Initially this is a little shy, but a quick swirl releases an intense nose of classical saline lime and apple. There is a harmony here between the ripeness of the vintage, with ripe stone fruit, and the nervous freshness of this style of Chablis. Fennel and fresh flowers weave through the texture of the wine. This is excellent.

Young: 2021 - 2029

2019 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Jean-Claude Bessin

Dry | White | Still

Fourchaume is one of the warmest sites in Chablis, thanks to its southerly exposure. In the hands of the Bessins, it retains its punchy freshness in an explosive bright pineapple style. Vibrant, juicy, with a little touch of yellow spice, and a long, fresh finish. This is a prime example of the ‘alive’ style of wines here: it has so much expression, even in youth.

Young: 2021 - 2029