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2018 Domaine Bessin-Tremblay Chablis 1er Cru La Foret #167272626

750ml

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90.5
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Based on 8 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 91 points Wine Advocate "Notes of citrus oil, white flowers, crisp orchard fruit and freshly baked bread introduce Bessin's 2018 Chablis 1er Cru La Foret, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping wine with an open core of fruit, succulent acids and a saline finish. (WK)" 92 points John Gilman "I really like the combination of pure, ripe fruit and mineral drive in the 2018 La Foret from Messieurs Bessin, coupled to a fine girdle of acidity. The bouquet delivers a refined combination of ripe, apple, tangerine, flinty minerality, citrus blossoms and a nice topnote of beeswax. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely ripe in personality, but with good mineral undertow, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. (JG)"

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Jean-Claude Bessin in his cellar in Chablis.

About Domaine Bessin-Tremblay

Domaine Bessin-Tremblay, located in La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, just north of the town of Chablis, boasts an impressive 12.29-hectare estate with a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Originally part of a co-operative, the estate underwent a significant transformation when Jean-Claude and his wife, Evelyne Tremblay, took over from her father in 1992. Today, their son Romain works alongside Jean-Claude to continue elevating the domaine's reputation and quality.

The vineyards are farmed organically, adhering to lutte raisonnée principles. During the meticulous harvest process, grapes are handpicked and sorted within a strict 10-day window, ensuring optimal maturity. Pneumatic pressing ensures a gentle extraction, while fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated enameled tanks using indigenous yeasts. The wines are aged on fine lees for 15-18 months with a maximum of 10% new oak, and if necessary, light fining and filtration are employed.

Domaine Jean-Claude Bessin's wines reflect the personality of their creator and have become some of the most highly regarded in the region. The estate's diverse offerings include Chablis vieilles vignes, Chablis Montmains premier cru, Chablis Fourchaume premier cru, and Chablis Valmur grand cru. Their special cuvée of Fourchaume, labeled as La Pièce au Comte, and premier cru La Forêt are standout examples of the domaine's commitment to quality and excellence.

Recent years have seen a shift towards more natural winemaking processes, including hand-harvesting and the use of native yeasts. The domaine's old vines, some dating back to the 1930s, contribute to the intense minerality and focus of their wines, particularly their prized Fourchaume parcel. Domaine Bessin-Tremblay's wines are gaining recognition rapidly, with William Kelley of The Wine Advocate declaring the estate as one of the top half-dozen domaines in Chablis. As a result, their highly sought-after wines are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, ensuring their reputation will continue to grow.

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