Domaine Oudin Chablis 2020Regular price $52.00
The patches of vineyard that makes this cuvée are of course full of limestone. We are lucky to have really stony plots of vineyard. The vines suffer more and offer more concentrated grapes. They are 45 years old. We limit intrants as much as we can and have come back to traditional methods: ploughing and manual labour. We strictly control yields with short pruning and reduction of number of buds during the growing period. This extra time spent in the vineyard guarantees the respect of the "terroir" and the obtention of beautiful ripe grapes.
Domaine Oudin was established in the late 1980s by Christiane and Jean-Claude Oudin, professionals looking to escape Paris to a small holding in Chichée in Chablis, belonging to Christiane’s parents. Today Domaine Oudin is still very much in family hands, run since 2007 by their daughter Nathalie Oudin with her sister Isabelle joining in 2012.
The oldest vineyards, the premier crus of Vaugiraut and Vaucoupin, and the Les Serres, a vineyard selection from plantings adjacent to Vaucoupin, are around 70 years of age. The AOC Chablis is sourced from 45 year old plantings on the left bank of the Serein, since back in the 1970s and 1980s, Chablis as a region was still growing, and new plantings were permitted. The Domaine remains small at 9.5 hectares, farmed organically on the poor, limestone-dominant soils, without herbicides or chemical fertilisers.
Yields are strictly controlled with short prunning and reduction of the number of buds throughout the growing season. Nathalie is proud to flaunt the fact that the winery is equipped with stainless steel tanks only, that is, there is not a single oak barrel. All of the wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, and extended ageing sur lie contributes texture and complexity, and keeps the wines fresh and sprightly, and intensely minerally.