Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret 2019 'Le Bas de Chapelot' Chablis AOC, Burgundy, France
Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret 2019 'En Boucheran' Chablis AOC, Burgundy, France
Edouard and Eleni met while working the 2010 harvest in New Zealand. Soon after they were married and on their way back to Chablis to take over a small piece of Edouard's family domaine. Edouard's family owns Domaine Vocoret & Fils, a large and established domaine, with over 50 hectares planted
Winemaker: Eleni and Edouard Vocoret
Farming: Lutte raisonnée / Sustainable
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Terroir: Bas de Chapelot comes from a 3.2 hectare parcel just below Montée de Tonnerre. It is the Vocoret's only parcel on the right side of the river bank. The soil is deep, clay and limestone, and Kimmeridgian (moyen). The vines are now 40 years old vines and due to their proximity to the riverbed are very exposed to frost.
Vinification: Alcoholic and malolatic fermentation is done in stainless steel with natural yeast. The wines are then aged for one year in old barrels. Before bottling the wines are put back in tank for an assemblage of one or two months.
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Welcome to the world of Eleni and Edouard Vocoret, a husband-and-wife winemaking team in Chablis, Burgundy, France.
Eleni and Edouard met while working harvest at the same winery in New Zealand. They traveled to more wine regions after harvest, fell in love, and eventually Eleni moved to Edouard's hometown of Chablis, where they worked at Edouard's family domaine, Vocoret & Fils. Eleni soon found work as an assistant winemaker at Vincent Dauvissat's famed domaine, while Edouard remained at Vocoret.
In 2012, Edouard inherited around 5 hectares of his family's land and together, he and Eleni established their own domaine. The couple, who are now married, spent the first several vintages rebuilding the parcels to entirely sustainable agriculture using organic procedures, and selling any of the first few years of juice in bulk. This allowed them to get to know every inch of their farm and witness how fruit quality improved as they transitioned to organics.
The Les Bas de Chapelot is a modest 40-year-old parcel on the right bank of the Serein River, just below the amazing Premier Cru vineyard Montée de Tonnerre, with comparable soil types rich in Kimmeridgean chalk and white clay.
While it is not classified as a "1er Cru" like its neighbors, we couldn't ask for a better "village-level" site, and the wine's richness is broad but full of energy and vibrancy on the palate.
I haven't mentioned the grapes in the bottle, have I? Perhaps it's because I want you to FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS WINE before I tell you it's CHARDONNAY. It has been an uphill battle for me to convince more people to drink Chardonnay– and I dare you not to fall in love with the grape after tasting this bottle. Serve alongside a fennel and apple salad with grilled chicken or a tray of fruits de mer. This bottle can age as well, but it's almost too delicious to pop now! — Cara Patricia
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