Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2021, Domaine Pinson
Acacia and lime on the bouquet with a hint of spice. An incredibly powerful Pinson offering with terrific concentration of vibrant, racy fruit and that tell-tale Pinson minerality. Outstanding.
Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most senior estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.
The Pinson brothers' grandfather, Louis, established the estate's pedigree in the late 1940's and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work).
The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region.
These are world-class wonderful wines which benefit a sensible amount of ageing before being released.
Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta
Chablis, Burgundy, France