2019 Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre AC Chablis
Love Chablis? Who doesn’t? This clear and fresh wine is noted with flavors that develop from fruit on the forefront, then move to a more earthy, chalky minerality on the finish. If you’re looking for a go-to cheese wine, this is it.
Looking to change a Chardonnay skeptic’s mind? Grab a bottle of Chablis and totally rock their world. Contrary to the oak-forward expressions that many associate with the variety, wines from Chablis are crisp, acid driven, and ultra refreshing.
Originally from Portugal, the De Oliveira family emigrated from Portugal to Chablis during the early part of the 20th century, long before Chablis boasted the viticultural renown that it does today. The family established themselves in the local logging industry and simply made wine on the side, though everything changed during the 1950s, when Mr. De Oliveira began tending vines for William Fèvre at the young age of 14.
By the age of 24, De Oliveira saved enough money to purchase his first parcel of land and plant his very own vines. Over the years, he continued to acquire new land to plant new vineyards on, and by 1965, officially transitioned to winemaking full time. Today, Domaine De Oliveira Lecestre encompasses 50 hectares of vines across Chablis, spanning from Petit Chablis-designated areas to village-level, premier cru, and grand cru.
The wines are vinified and aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks, and reflect the perfect typicity of Chablis. The Petit Chablis is particularly noteworthy, as it comes from vineyards located on the plateau just a stone’s throw from Les Clos Grand Cru.
Today Mr. De Oliveira is officially retired, but he continues to be an active presence at the domaine which is run by his son-in-law Benjamin Quevreux, daughter and granddaughter.
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