Jean-Pierre Grossot - Chablis 2015
Corinne and Jean-Pierre Grossot, now joined by their daughter Eve, represent the third and fourth generations of winemakers at their family domaine. The estate is now counted among the elite of the appellation. The Grossots cultivate 18 hectares of vineyards centered in the village of Fleys, just east of the town of Chablis and on the right bank of the Serein River, which is recognized as the finest part of the Chablis appellation. Their production is about two-thirds Chablis AOC and one third (5 hectares) Premier Crus, including Mont de-Milieu, Vaucoupin, and Fourneaux. The Grossots seek to produce exceptional Chablis wines by keeping the rich, pure Chardonnay fruit, the unique mineral quality of the Kimmeridgian soil, and the lively fruity acidity and bouquet, in perfect balance. The grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed in a horizontal pneumatic press to ensure the fullest extraction of flavors and aromas. The juice ferments very slowly at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks, and after a first racking, the wines rest mostly in tanks to develop. All wines undergo malolactic fermentation in all vintages. Bottling is usually done 12-18 months after the harvest.
Farming/winemaking practices: Certified Organic since 2015. By pruning severely, the vines have adequate aeration so the threat of problems requiring treatments (such as various forms of mildew and botrytis) is largely eliminated. The vines are fertilized when required by using only organic materials, the soil is plowed, and grass is planted between the rows. If necessary, the vines are minimally treated with a copper-sulfate mixture. Grossot recycles his vine cuttings as fuel for heating the domaine’s buildings. The wines are vegan.
The Grossots take great pride in their Chablis AOC, which comes from exceptionally well-placed sloping vineyards around the winery in Fleys, which is the continuation of the Mont de Milieu 1er Cru hillside. The Grossots are able to produce such a rich and expressive Chablis AOC because their grapes attain extra maturity due to the excellent vineyards and their practice of keeping yields low. The Chablis AOC is packed with flavors of ripe pear, honey, citrus and minerals, and has a long, refreshing finish. Enjoyable young, it is the ideal introduction to the Grossot’s house style.
The Revue de Vin de France’s Guide regularly acclaims the Grossot domaine, pointing out that it “shines above all by the remarkable quality of its Chablis AOC….It comes from the right bank of the Serein River, on slopes and soils similar in all respects to the neighboring illustrious Premier Crus.” 3000 cases made.