Chablis and Oysters SYDNEY 2017

This year's Chablis tasting will focus on the great entry level Chablis by producers we think have made masterpieces out of 3 extremely different vintages. Evidence this region can handle the hard knocks.

The vintage report for 2016 reads like a great disaster novel. Frost hit in late April, an event not witnessed in over 3 decades, followed by 2 hail storms in May. The first storm hit Maligny and Fontenay in the north, the second moving across to Prehy and Chichee. Fruit, leaves and canes were stripped bare. 20 minutes was all it took to reduce the crop by 50% on an average year, it has also impacted on the 2017 vintage. If it couldn't get any worse, 300mm of rain feel over 5 weeks in mid-July, risking downy mildew and further reducing the yield. However a warm August threw in a get out of jail free card. 'I can't recall a vintage like it, not for the last 40-50 years' Louis Moreau mentioned to Jancis Robinson at their latest tasting in London a month ago. We have taken this report card very seriously and tried every wine available from the 2016 vintage the line-up again proves our theory that great producers make great wine in good and challenging vintages.

2015's have been likened to Burgundy and Germany, expressive, obvious fruit, exceptional drinking in their youth. The offer is mostly comprised of 2015's, probably the last we will see in quantity out of the region and they are drinking fabulously right now. Moreau and Picq are playing to their strengths, fleshy fruit, crunchy acid and impressive structures.

Stephen Tanzer is quoted on the 2014 vintage "generally a vintage to buy for Chablis lovers. The wines remain considerably less expensive than bottles of comparable quality from the Côte de Beaune, and Chablis remains less prone to premature oxidation." This is evident in the Dauvissat's recent release of Cote de Lechet, the last of the 2014's premier crus we expect to see. 

Our Chablis offer would not be complete without it's greatest mate, the oyster. Our friends, the Australian Oyster Coast are an incrediable organisation working with 45 of Australia’s leading oyster growers who operate across eight estuaries south of Sydney on the New South Wales coast. They will host a selection of native oysters unique to the coastline, bought in straight from the farms that morning, and shucked to order.

We suggest you jump on these wines quickly, you may not have the luxury to restock over summer.