2019 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Jean-Claude Bessin

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.

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Case, 6 Bottles
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  • Region & country
    Fourchaume, Chablis, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2029
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Jean-Claude Bessin


A deft but not invisible application of wood can be found on the more restrained if otherwise similar nose. As is usually the case, there is more volume and power to the medium weight plus flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering very fine depth and persistence on the balanced and quite firm finish where the wood evidenced by the nose resurfaces. This too is really quite lovely and worth checking out.

Allen Meadows, Burghound (November 2020)
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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