2020 Domaine Eleni & Edouard Vocoret ‘Le Bas De Chapelot’ Chablis
This wine is made by an up and coming husband and wife team, Eleni & Edouard Vocoret. Eleni was the assistant winemaker to Chablis legend, Vincent Dauvissat and they focus on making single-site, terroir-driven Chablis like the ‘Bas de Chapelot.’ It comes from a vineyard just below 1er Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ and it is the perfect example of their house style: precise, gripping, mineral-driven, & elegant.
Biodynamic/organic farming practices, hand-harvested, and native yeast fermentation.
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Edouard and Eleni Vocoret first met working harvest in New Zealand back in 2010. After falling in love and getting married, they pair settled back in Chablis to take over a small portion of Edouard’s family estate, Domaine Vocoret & Fils. While the family holdings still comprise over 50 hectares, Edouard and Eleni focus on a mere 4.9. Upon acquiring the plots, the pair converted the vineyard to lutte raisonnée farming. Harvest is always done by hand and a low-intervention mentality is used in their cellar.
Today, Edouard and Eleni are making some of the most exciting wines coming out of Chablis today – the only thing we wish is that there were more to go around! The duo currently makes four wines, all of which are fermented in steel with native yeasts and aged for one year in old barrels prior to assembling / resting in steel for one to two months prior to bottling. The resulting wines are zesty, textured, and as vibrant as the hands that make them. We can’t wait to see what they do next!
As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burgundy subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis. Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia. When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.
CHABLIS, BURGUNDY, FRANCE
An appellation in Burgundy and pristine style of wine all in itself. Chablis lies on the most-northern end of Burgundy, France where the weather is cool and the acidity is high. Fun fact about Chablis: the only grape varietal permitted in this region is Chardonnay. Chablis also has this special Kimmeridgean soil composed of limestone, clay, and fossilized oyster shells making these wines especially unique and a perfect pairing to drink with oysters and seafood! Chardonnay from Chablis can show pleasantly ripe, concentrated, citrus fruits with mouth-watering high acidity. Some producers age a portion of their wines in old oak to give them a rounder texture and relaxed flavor palate or keep the entire yield in stainless steel or concrete to preserve the pure fruit flavor. Chablis also has a vineyard hierarchy where the lesser/flatter lands may be labeled as Petit Chablis. The higher designated vineyard sites may be labeled as premier cru or grand cru. Age these beauties, or enjoy now with a full order of Oysters to share.