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

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.

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


This is presently quite firmly reduced and aromatically unreadable. Otherwise there is obvious muscle and punch to the denser and more powerful middle weight plus flavors that are shaped by lemon-tinged acidity on the saline, bone dry and youthfully austere finish. This needs to develop more depth, but it's undoubtedly built to reward medium-term cellaring that thus more complexity should easily develop. Very promising.

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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