Domaine Corinne Perchaud Chablis 1er Cru ‘Fourchame’ 2011
wine is bright yellow in colour with aromas of honey, lemon and peach. The palate is full and lively, with delicious fruit flavours and textbook minerality running onto the long, refreshing finish.
The must was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the purity of the fruit and then spent a considerable time on the lees. The wine was racked lightly and Domaine Corinne Perchaud Chablis 1er Cru ‘Fourchame’ 2011 was bottled 13 months after the harvest.
The 2010 spring was sunny and dry causing a fast budding. Flowering was impeded by humid weather during June. July and August were hot and dry which allowed good “véraison” and maturation. The harvest began on the 21st of September with dry, temperate weather. The 2010 wines are fruity, full bodied and mineral, though the yield was very low.
Corinne Perchaud is married to Chablis producer Jean-Pierre Grossot, and together they make a formidable pair. Like Grossots, her wines are elegant, intense and nervy with superb definition and a wonderful capacity for ageing. They have a small domaine in the commune of Fleys, just south of Chablis itself, with 18 hectares of vineyard divided into 13.35 hectares of Chablis and tiny holdings of Premier Crus: Vaucoupin (1.45 hectares), Fourchaume (0.75 hectares) and Les Fourneaux (1.60 hectares). The average age of the vines is 25 years, although Corinnes steeply sloping Vaucoupin vines were planted back in 1962.
The Fourchaume vineyard covers 0.75 hectares planted on predominantly clay and limestone soil. The vineyard is on steep, west facing slopes. The vines are an average of 14 years old and are double Guyot trained.