Awards: Palme d'Or - Concours Palmarés National de l'Académie des Vins et de la Gastronomie Française
Producer: Domaine Millet
Wine: 2018 Chablis
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Color: Bright and clear yellow with shimmering silver hues.
Nose: Lively, aromatic and fruity nose evokes aromas of pear, white peach and nectarine, beeswax and citrus peel.
Palate: Medium-bodied, round with an aromatic mouthfeel. Fine acidity provides the freshness of white currant, honey, acacia and hints of almonds. The long finish offers great structure and elegance.
Food: Fillet of trout with fennel. Fish in parchment paper, sweetbreads, warm goat cheese. Scallops, white meats, St. Marcellin cheese on toasted bread.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2025
Domaine Millet is located in Tonnerre. Originally farming cereal and poultry on their Chablis farm, the Millet family started wine production in 1980. This family-owned estate is comprised of 32 acres on 4 of the 20 sites of the Chablis Appellation - Poilly, Viviers, Béru, Chichée. Today, the estate is run by Baudouin Millet.
In Chablis, the soil is a determining factor. Millions of years ago, the crushed remains of oyster shells fossilized and eventually became the unique soil that lies under the vineyards of Chablis. This specific soil gives Chablis its unique steely, crisp, refined and mineral character. Domaine Millet's aim is to interfere as little as possible with the natural ecology of the vineyard. There is no systematic treatment. The belief is that a healthy soil will produce healthier vines requiring less outside interference.
Chablis is a village appellation located in the Yonne region. Comprised of 40 Premiers Cru Climats, each commune or hamlet within the appellation has one or more main Climats, the name of which may be applied to the other Premier Cru Climats in the commune. There are 17 main Climats. Producing communes: Beine, Chablis, La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, Chichée, Courgis, Fleys, Fontenay-près-Chablis, Fyé, Maligny, Milly, and Poinchy. In this appellation, the words Premier Cru and/or the name of the Climat of origin may be added to the name Chablis for wines grown on Premier Cru plots.
Located near Auxerre in the department of Yonne, the Chablis vineyards lie along a little river aptly named the Serein (“serene”). Vines were planted here by the Romans. In the 12th century, the Cistercian monks from the abbey of Pontigny developed its cultivation. The AOC Chablis Premier Cru status was created in January 1938, thus validating the excellent qualities of this dry white wine which, unlike the wines of some other regions, has held its leading place throughout history thanks to the high quality of its raw material – the Chardonnay grape.
Information by: Burgundy Wines
Chablis: No French wine-growing area has pinned its faith more firmly on the facts of geology. The main substrate is Jurassic limestone (specifically, Kimmeridgian limestone) laid down some 150 million years ago. The rock contains deposits of tiny fossilised oyster shells which remind us that Bourgogne once lay beneath a warm ocean. Some particularly valuable Climats produce the Premier Cru..
Premier cru: No French wine-growing area has pinned its faith more firmly on the facts of geology. The main substrate is Jurassic limestone (specifically, Kimmeridgian limestone) laid down some 150 million years ago. The rock contains deposits of tiny fossilised oyster shells which remind us that Bourgogne once lay beneath a warm ocean. Regarding the Premier Cru, the particularity is that they are produced on either side of the Serein river (left bank and right bank). The most famous Climats are those on the right bank, surrounding the Grand Cru.