2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains, Jean-Claude Bessin

The Montmains is aged in oak (none new), and in 2018 it wears its élevage incredibly lightly. A generous apple scent on the nose is followed by a crystalline length on the palate, where citrus pulp and chalky salinity entwine. It is the most forward of Jean-Claude’s premiers crus, and always a transparent window on to the vintage. It should drink well from early on, with its intricate balance between ample fruit and agile freshness. It finishes with a mouthwatering savoury freshness, making you want to go back for more.

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Case, 6 Bottles
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6 bottles available from £212.46 per case, 6 bottles
Case, 6 Bottles
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  • Region & country
    Montmains, Chablis, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2028
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains, 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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