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Chablis 2016 - Domaine Oudin
06 February 2018

Britain’s thirst for Chablis has shown no sign of abating over the last few years, piling severe pressure on stocks even before 2016 and 2017 arrived, two vintages that offered up unprecedented challenges to yields. We had begun a patient search for a new high-quality, artisanal domaine long before Jack Frost visited the region two years ago, tasting at multiple estates over the past five years. Candidates were either too lean, too ripe, too funky, or too neutral. Our search forever seemed in vain, until last year when we stumbled across something just right – made by two sisters in the town of Chichée, on Chablis’ right bank.

Domaine Oudin is a small family estate of 9.5ha originally established in the late eighties before being handed over to Nathalie Oudin by her parents in 2007, subsequently joined by her sister Isabelle. They make a dynamic young duo whose passion, authenticity and respect for their land sits at the heart of everything they do. There is an enviable spread of old vines, the most senior dating back to the late forties, planted on prime plots on Chablis’ right bank close to their home town of Chichée, where clay is scarce and soils are poor and limestone-dominant. The Oudin sisters make the very best of these old vines planted on sun-blanched, south / south west-facing land. They practice an organic viticulture, strictly without use of chemical fertilisers or herbicides, and vines are very much hand-tended. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel tanks to retain nerve and purity in these naturally sun-kissed Chablis, whilst extended ageing sur lie also emphasises character, complexity and freshness. The old vines Chablis La Serre, for example, spends between 20 and 24 months sur lie in tank before bottling. Stylistically quite apart from the tense, citrusy, style of left bank Chablis so well-known to the British palate, these have a character and energy all of their very own. We are now thrilled to bring them to our UK private customers.

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