The 2014 Chablis vintage was a bright ray of light in between the hail-charged clouds of the 2013 and 2015 vintages. Whilst not abundant, the 2014 crop was more “normal” than either of its low-yielding contiguous vintages. An early start to bud-break and flowering was checked by an unseasonably cool and wet July and August. Fortunately fine weather characterised September, buying the growers plenty of time to wait for ripening to continue. They needed it, even by mid-September some initial pickings revealed grapes with thick, unyielding skins. Light rains at the end of September, along with the vital extra hang-time, softened the berries up and the harvest could begin in earnest.
Chablis 2014s are as successful as their Cote de Beaune cousins. These are fresh, beautifully poised and downright alluring wines. Neither cloyingly caressing, nor firmly crisp, they offer an elegant and complex taste of Chablis whilst leaving your palate refreshed. The translucent terroir characteristics shine as brightly through the wines as the vital fruit does.
Growers were as delighted with the vintage as we were:
“very digest wines with no excess - everyone loves them" Julien Brocard
"we could not have asked for more in 2014, the grapes were healthy and we had time to harvest when we wanted” Etiennette Dauvissat, Domaine Vincent Dauvissat
“Racy, ‘tendu’ wines. Classic Chablis like 2008 and 2012" Laurent Tribut
“Lovely 2014s less austere than 2010 , more classic than 2013 and more concentration than 2011” Stephane Moreau, Moreau Naudet