2018 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Jean-Claude Bessin

With two hectares of vines in this grand cru, it’s no wonder Jean-Claude and Romain’s iteration is one of the best you can find. The oldest vines here were planted in 1947, and their concentration and persistence is seamlessly integrated with the 10% new oak. The grand cru’s weight of ripe fruit is upfront, and the zipping thread of acidity that gives the wine its sinuous backbone are the mark of expert vignerons, who have captured the fine moment of balance in maturity. A stunning wine.

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Case, 6 Bottles
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  • Region & country
    Valmur, Chablis, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2033
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Grand Cru
2018 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Jean-Claude Bessin
Jean-Claude Bessin

Situated away from the bright lights of Chablis itself, Jean-Claude’s personality and wines are as unassuming as his position in a small courtyard in the tiny hamlet of La Chapelle Vaupelteigne. Although he trained as an architect, he decided to take on his father-in-law’s vines, and his first vintage was 1992. His wines are crystalline and pure, showing the very best, unshowy side of Chablis, and he’s now been joined by his son, Romain, who had previously worked as a musician. Their domaine has recently been tipped as belonging “among Chablis's top half-dozen domaines,” producing “some of the finest wines in Chablis,” by William Kelley in The Wine Advocate.

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