Chablis Premier Cru 'Beauroy', Domaine Geoffroy

Country : France

A vibrant and expressive unwooded Premier Cru Chablis from the excellent Geoffroy family estate. Sheer class in a glass.

Tasting Note : Fragrant, fruit-filled bouquet. The palate is rich, powerful and mineral, full of ripeness, finesse and mellowness, with a succulent finish.

Food Pairing : White fish or salmon in creamy sauce, lobster (if you can afford it), epoisse cheese (if you dare!).

More info : The Premier Cru vineyard sites in Chablis are selected according to the quality of the soil and their aspect on the slopes for optimum ripening. These vineyards can have multiple owners, each with just a few rows of vines in these sought-after locations. The grapes from the Premier Cru sites have more ripeness and intensity than those from straight Chablis vineyards, and (unfortunately!) due to their quality and rarity command a higher price.

Many Chablis producers age their Premier Cru wines in oak barrels, but Alain Geoffroy prefers to let the purity and minerality of the soil sing through his wines. He is fortunate enough to have vines on three Premier Cru sites (and one Grand Cru). These are produced in small quantities – for obvious reasons – and the differences between them are subtle. We are currently featuring the wines from the 'Beauroy' vineyard, but limited quantities of the other Premier Cru wines may be available – please just ask.

The Winery : The Geoffroy family have been growing vines on their estate since 1850, owning around 45 hectares of vineyard on some of the best Kimmeridgian clay sites. Currently Alain Geoffroy, aided by daughters Cathy and Nathalie, oversees the viticulture and vinification of the wines, using modern pneumatic presses and stainless steel tanks to get the best from his grapes. Ageing on lees for several months after fermentation allows the flavours to develop naturally before bottling and storage in their air-conditioned warehouse.

The main drive and philosophy of the Geoffroy house is to allow the character of the terroir to come through in their wines. It really is all about the soil!