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Corinne Perchaud - "Chablis 2016 & 2015: Quality Over Quantity" - VINOUS

vinous logo"Jean-Pierre Grossot produced just 15 hectoliters per hectare in 2016 due to frost, hail and mildew and will have only a single bottling of his village wine, compared to a normal three, due to the tiny yield. He began harvesting on September 22, and by then, he told me, the grapes were starting to lose acidity. Although he didn’t have second-generation grapes, the hailstorm on April 27 ultimately had the effect of “spreading out” the ripeness of the fruit. In the end, noted Grossot, the 16s are a bit higher in acidity than the ‘15s (4.0 to 4.1 grams per liter, vs. 3.5 to 3.8), “but you feel it more in the ‘15s, which is something I have never understood. The ‘15s got fresher and tightened up in tank. They were too aromatic at the beginning but the wines aren't overly supple or perfumed in the bottle. It's a very good year, better than 2016, and the wines should age well. - Stephen Tanzer"

- Antionio Galloni's Vinous (August 2017)