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Domaine Garnier & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru, Montmains Burgundy, France 2012


If I had to choose a “desert island” wine, it would be Chablis. There is something about Chardonnay vines planted in the cool, ancient chalk soils of northern Burgundy which brings me pure pleasure in every sip. Of course, not all Chablis is created equal, but the very best Chablis is a thing of beauty (however painfully expensive and challenging to lay one’s hands on). Fortunately for those who share my weakness for these wines, occasionally a lesser priced bottling that still offers outstanding quality and exceptional expression of place becomes available. In these rare instances, I move swiftly to direct all available stock toward my cellar! Today’s wine is from an impressive rising star in the region, Domaine Garnier, and is a wonderful guilt-free introduction to Chablis.


If you are not familiar with Chablis, it is first necessary to understand that there are four quality levels of which are determined by the location, soil, and sun exposure of the vineyard site that produces fruit for a given bottling. These levels are listed on the label in ascending order as: Petit Chablis, Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. In general (but not always), the higher elevation of the vineyard, the more rich and complex - and hopefully, the better the wine. Of all the individual vineyards in the Chablis region, the French government has determined 79 earn the title of Premier Cru, although usually many of the lesser known sites are bottled under 17 better known Premier Cru (1er Cru) names. Today’s wine brings us to one of those elite vineyard sites, Montmains 1er Cru, a collection of parcels high on the village’s slope. Typically, the soils if Montmains 1er Cru have a slightly higher concentration of clay which lends a pronounced creaminess and richness to the wines. The estate who bottled today’s wine, Domaine Garnier, is managed by two brothers Xavier and Jérôme who have recently lifted the quality of their property to new heights. The grapes for this particular bottling are all hand harvested, then gently pressed before juice is fermented in stainless steel without the addition of synthetic yeasts.  The wine is then briefly matured for 12 months in a blend of 70% used 600 liter oak barrels and 30% stainless steel tanks before release the following year.

Today’s wine, 2012 Garnier Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains”, announces itself with powerful and gorgeous aromatics, as is typical to the site of Montmains 1er Cru. Fresh acacia flowers, crushed white rocks, white peach, lemon rind and honey flow outward from the glass, all in perfect harmony. The palate offers flavors of ripe yellow apple, crushed seashells, white nectarine pit and candied lemon with an incredibly dense and viscous texture. This is a wine to be served with fresh raw seafood, but due to its impressive density, I might also recommend grilled fish (or even rotisserie chicken!) with lemon and grilled vegetables. Ideally, I would recommend decanting for 20-30 minutes before serving in a Burgundy stem at cellar temp (55 F), or a touch colder if you wish. If you haven’t enjoyed a bottle of great Chablis recently, today’s selection will remind you why this is one of the greatest wine regions on Earth.
If you are not familiar with Chablis, it is first necessary to understand that there are four quality levels of which are determined by the location, soil, and sun exposure of the vineyard site that produces fruit for a given bottling. These levels are listed on the label in ascending order as: Petit Chablis, Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. In general (but not always), the higher elevation of the vineyard, the more rich and complex - and hopefully, the better the wine. Of all the individual vineyards in the Chablis region, the French government has determined 79 earn the title of Premier Cru, although usually many of the lesser known sites are bottled under 17 better known Premier Cru (1er Cru) names. Today’s wine brings us to one of those elite vineyard sites, Montmains 1er Cru, a collection of parcels high on the village’s slope. Typically, the soils if Montmains 1er Cru have a slightly higher concentration of clay which lends a pronounced creaminess and richness to the wines. The estate who bottled today’s wine, Domaine Garnier, is managed by two brothers Xavier and Jérôme who have recently lifted the quality of their property to new heights. The grapes for this particular bottling are all hand harvested, then gently pressed before juice is fermented in stainless steel without the addition of synthetic yeasts.  The wine is then briefly matured for 12 months in a blend of 70% used 600 liter oak barrels and 30% stainless steel tanks before release the following year.

Today’s wine, 2012 Garnier Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains”, announces itself with powerful and gorgeous aromatics, as is typical to the site of Montmains 1er Cru. Fresh acacia flowers, crushed white rocks, white peach, lemon rind and honey flow outward from the glass, all in perfect harmony. The palate offers flavors of ripe yellow apple, crushed seashells, white nectarine pit and candied lemon with an incredibly dense and viscous texture. This is a wine to be served with fresh raw seafood, but due to its impressive density, I might also recommend grilled fish (or even rotisserie chicken!) with lemon and grilled vegetables. Ideally, I would recommend decanting for 20-30 minutes before serving in a Burgundy stem at cellar temp (55 F), or a touch colder if you wish. If you haven’t enjoyed a bottle of great Chablis recently, today’s selection will remind you why this is one of the greatest wine regions on Earth.





Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Chablis
Varietal Chardonnay
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Neutral French (70%) and Stainless Steel (30%)
Soil Chalk and Clay
Farming Sustainable
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Chablis
Varietal Chardonnay
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Neutral French (70%) and Stainless Steel (30%)
Soil Chalk and Clay
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Domaine Garnier & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru, Montmains Burgundy, France 2012 - SommSelect SommSelect: Domaine Garnier & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru, Montmains Burgundy, France 2012 - SommSelect

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