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.
“The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru, blended from six parcels, is pure, focused and taut, all while expressing the natural richness of the year. Lemon confit, white flowers, white pepper, mint and a kiss of French oak add striking aromatic top notes to match the wine’s linear, energetic feel. The Vaillons has a surprising amount of freshness and lift, with bright saline notes that extend the finish. I suspect the opulence of the year will emerge more fully over time, but this is nevertheless a fine showing.”
(91-93) points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan 2020