Lavantureux Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy (750ml)
Roland Lavantureux farms 19 hectares of Chardonnay vines in Lignorelles, about four miles northwest of Chablis. The Domaine was founded in 1978 and his two sons now manage the domain. Brothers Arnaud and David Lavantureux continue in the Lavantureux legacy making the their family domaine among the most exciting and reliable names in Chablis. In addition to bottling new cuvées from premier and grand cru sites, they have enacted changes to vineyard and cellar management resulting in the most pure, precise, expressive wines the domaine has ever released.
The Lavantureux brothers produce wines that rival the best in the region at a fraction of the price. Their wines epitomize what we are looking for in the appellation; lively, citrus aromatics, deep layers of texture and flavor, loads of minerality, and refreshment with every sip. This one is suave on the palate, it finishes with a whisper of salinity. Drink it over the next eight years.
The region is best-known for the Kimmeridgian soils, a highly-prized terroir of limestone and clay infused with tiny, fossilized oysters. The intense chalk and sea-shell minerality lends deep complexity to whites, making this region an ideal home for the Chardonnay grape.
This is the latest addition to the Lavantureux portfolio. This premier cru Beauroy is a round, ample expression of Chablis from a south-facing parcel. The wine is aged in 50% stainless steel and 50% oak – 20% of it new, giving some richness and a round, creamy mouthfeel which is perfectly balanced by crisp acidity and a real concentrated structure.