Domaine Pinson Mont Millieu 1er Cru (750ml)
When Louis Pinson retired in 1983, his great grand-daughter, Charlène, along with her father, Laurent and her uncle Christophe took over the estate. Their family roots go deep in Chablis; there is even a Pinson street. Everything is hand-harvested, with sorting of the grapes both in the vineyard and at the winery. Fermentation is mostly in stainless steel using selected yeasts, then the wines are transferred to barrel for the maturation process. The barrels for Les Clos are one to two years old, for the premiers crus three to six years. The straight Chablis stays in stainless steel.
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu comes courtesy of 30-year-old vines and is matured for nine months, 90% in stainless steel and 10% in new oak. It has an open, generous bouquet with apple blossom, cold limestone and subtle smoky aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced, with a citric edge and spicy with hints of nutmeg and white pepper toward the finish that maintains satisfying length and focus. This is very well crafted, tensile and shows commendable terroir expression—a worthy follow-up to the 2014 Fourchaume. – Neil Martin