Domaine La Meuliere Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux (750ml)
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Domaine de la Meulière is a family estate dating back to 9 generations to 1779. Today it is operated by brothers Nicolas and Vincent Laroche. It is located in the village of Fleys, on the right bank of the Serein river, 4 km from Chablis. The property extends over 25 hectares. The geology is characterized by Kimmeridgian clay-limestone soil. The alchemy of this terroir with the Chardonnay grape gives the wines minerality, power, floral and fruity aromas. They have 34 vineyard plots spread over the communes of Béru, Chablis, Chichée, Fontenay and Fleys. The average age of the vines is 32 years.
The domain is certified in High Environmental Value level 3 and adheres to the national confederation of Independent Winegrowers which ensured that each stage of production is carried out by the estate itself, from the cultivation, harvesting, vinification, bottling and marketing of the wine. They practice a reasoned, sustainable approach to viticulture through soil biodiversity, preserving existing resources, seeking alternative solutions all in the interest of reducing their environmental impact.
The Chablis Forneaux, a 1er Cru appellation, is the steepest hill of the estate with up to 37% declivity planted with 25 years old vines. The grapes are certified HVE (“Haute Valeur Environnementale” – “High Environmental Value”). The grapes are hand harvested and whole cluster pressed with a pneumatique press. The juice naturally settles and and ferments via indigeneous yeast. Alcoholic and malo lactic fermentation take place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 15 month. The wine is then racked, stablized and lightly filtered before bottling.
The Fourneaux Premier Cru is one of the 40 1er Cru climats in Chablis. It is located on the right bank of the Serein river; it covers about about 33 hectares (with its secondary climats Morein and Cotes Côte des Prés-Girots) on a Kimmeridgian subsoil and poor stony clay soil. It is situated in Fleys, in a side valley and has an advantageous south and east exposure. It is also fortunate to be largely protected from northern winds by the bottom of the valley. This unique exposure is at the heart of this warm and sun-drenched climat.