This vineyard, where the average vine age is 60 years, is located on the left bank of the Serein River in the village of Chablis, Côte des Vaillons, the very heart of Chablis. Here, the vines benefit from excellent south and south-east exposure, and the soil is composed of Kimmeridgian clay. Specific to the region, the clay is rich in minerals from the fossilized shells of tiny pre-historic oysters. The mineral content of the soil carries through on the palate as a distinct calcareous crushed-stone quality.
Fruit is hand-harvested in small bins, sorted, then pressed. The wine ferments in cool stainless steel vats; the majority of the wine remains in stainless steel to mature, while a third is transferred to old barrels for six months.
“Matured in 35% barrel and the remainder in tank, including just 2% new oak, the 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons comes from six different parcels that are vinified separately. It has a refined, floral bouquet with scents of nectarine and apricot blossom. I appreciate the purity of this wine. The palate is crisp and lightly spiced on the entry. There is good weight in the mouth with a touch of bitterness on the finish. I appreciate the “attack” of this Vaillons, a wine that is keen to make an impression.”
90-92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2017