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Reviews 94 points Vinous "The 2018 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru offers attractive grapefruit and nectarine scents on the nose – like the Fourchaume, very well delineated and focused. The palate is vibrant and zestier than the Fourchaume on the entry, and quite peppery toward the finish, which fans out wonderfully. This is another impressive and delicious 2018 from Bessin. Highly recommended. (NM)" 92 points John Gilman "The nose here jumps from the glass in a complex blend of tangerine, apple, citrus zest, wet stone minerality and a topnote of straw. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and vibrant, with a lovely core, good soil signature, bright acids and very good cut and grip on the long finish. This is one of the riper premier crus here, but still very pure, and it will drink very nicely from early on in its evolution and also age nicely. First class juice. (JG)"
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About Domaine Bessin-Tremblay
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.