Albert Pic Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Originally founded in 1755, Albert Pic is one of Chablis‘ oldest houses. In 1985, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took control of the house and began making important changes. His experience in modernizing the Ladoucette cellars in Pouilly-sur-Loire inspired Baron Patrick to make similar changes at Albert Pic: thermo-controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks, sodium lamps in the aging sheds to prevent the disagreeable taste produced by light, and many other improvements. These new installations have produced exceptional results, proving that one does not always have to use oak barrels to make top quality wines.
The Montée de Tonnerre appellation is often considered to be the most complete of all the Premier Crus. This wine possesses all the elements found in Premier Crus: floral and mineral, fat, rich and opulent.
The grapes are picked by hand followed by alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured on fine lees for a minimum of 12 months. After which follows clarification and bottling.
A pale color with luminous, brilliant and limpid green highlights. A complex and fresh bouquet, very mineral (oyster shells) and citrus fruit aromas. The palate is supple and noted for its beautiful balanced saltiness. The finish is fresh, pure and long.
The ripening of the vines was slow as a result of dull weather conditions until the end of June. July and August were lovely and September was mild. The harvest stared at the end of September. Despite the harvest being smaller in volume the quality was superb with the alcoholic content and acidity being perfect.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Average Vine Age: 35 years
Aging Potential: 10+ years