New La Chantemerle Chablis 2017 Release

Generally speaking, I find the 2017 vintage to hold more promise than the 2016 overall it is a vintage that may end up being the best since 2014. NEAL MARTIN

The artisan tradition in Chablis is alive and well at Chantemerle, Francois Boudin’s small estate in La Chapelle. I have long admired these mostly stripped down wines for their direct expressions of place. ANTONIO GALLONI

The arrival of a new shipment of Chantemerle usually heralds the warmer weather as it coincides with spring. We ship them to arrive just as people start clambering for salty, mineral laden and vibrant young Chablis to drink in the sun and accompany all the new seasons delicious seafood.

We have been importing these wines for years now and many of our customers will be familiar with Francois Boudins ultra-classical style of Chablis.

Francois Boudin has been crafting Chablis in a style unchanged now for decades and was among those staunch traditionalists who refused to follow the trends that plagued the region in days gone by where many producers opted for new wood and more “work” to create wines that suited certain markets. These wines ultimately lost their inherent chabliness. Those trends have faded, thankfully, and people are now looking towards the traditional methods to recreate the magic of Chablis. Anyone who loves classic Chablis owes Boudin and his compatriots a big thank you for not wavering from their ideals.

The wines are just what you expect from Boudin in a great year like 2017: loads of energy and minerality, classic Chablis perfect for early drinking. As young as they are the press has not yet been released but you can’t go wrong with Chantemerle in a year like this.

We are offering them at a very sharp price for a week and suggest you stock up now to make sure your spring and summer Chablis needs are taken care of, then you can just relax, gobble down some oysters and pull the corks out of a little piece of Chablis history. What more could one ask for in life?

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