I’ve just returned from a whistle stop tour of France’s wine regions, it felt like ALL of the regions but to those we missed – we’ll be back!
I wanted to say hello to winemakers, find out about the crop (the Loire had just started picking, other vineyards half way through the vintage) and taste our Extra Special and exclusive wines.
2014 is looking good in France (and much, much better than 2013) so I’m really looking forward to some lovely bottles arriving in Asda shops in the Spring.
We called in at family-owned producer Domaines Brocard who have been supplying us with Extra Special Chablis for years and years and here is a photo of me with Julien Brocard in his ‘experimental cellar’ (note the egg shaped fermentation vats, how cool are they?) together with Jack and Ed from the Wine Team. We’re beaming because we’re about to taste about a dozen Premier and Grand Cru Chablis, at half past nine in the morning. All in a day’s work, folks…
Extra Special Chablis, Domaine de la Levee 2013 – available in store
I love Brocard for the minerality in their wines but that wasn’t easy to find in 2013 so getting the blend right was really important. The 2013 Extra Special is a resultant blend of wines from two villages, Chichee and Chapelle – it has richness and smoothness but a zesty crispness as well and it won a Silver Medal this year.
A smoky aroma and deliciously stone fruits flavour – a really elegant Chablis and fabulous with seafood.