Etienne Boileau is a member of the Domaine du Chardonnay, formed to enable its three members to operate with maximum efficiency across a total Chablis vineyard area of 37ha, including 9ha in the Petit Chablis appellation. The approach to winemaking is directed towards producing classic mineral racy Chablis with freshness and purity, with stainless steel used for Petit Chablis and Chablis AC, and just a small percentage of older barrels used for ageing of the 1er cru wines
Vinified and aged in 100% stainless steel for 6 months. From a single parcel of vines grown on Portlandian clay this is classic Petit Chablis, crisp and dry, fruit-forward and easy-going. Pale straw color. Focused nose with oral notes and delicate citrus aromas with acacia, citrus and apple character on the palate. Light and lively with refreshing acidity and lingering citric aromatics.
Etienne Boileau’s 2018 is a riper, more overt Petit Chablis than many, combining the classical minerally, salty, herb and appley characters with more honeyed notes and a rounder profile. It finishes softer than most, but there’s still a firm, dry backbone in there. Drink: 2020 to 2024; Price: $39.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 91 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell; The Real Review
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