Chablis Premier Cru Domaine Du Vieux Chateau 2007 Les Lys: The Best Under 50 Euros Chardonnay
The 2007 Chablis Premier Cru Domaine Du Vieux Chateau 2007 is an extraordinary white wine, a bottle that, after 15 years of rest, finally begins to show all the fullness and opulence of Chardonnay.
It is structured, salty like a plate of oysters, full of fruity flavors that turn to candied fruit and gelee, and despite the years spent in the cellar, it still has a crazy acidity. It does not unbutton, do not think of a soft wine. It is certainly large and fleshy and ripe, but it leaves no room for softness but focuses on a crazy mineral momentum.
How is it produced?
The vines are 39 years old and have roots between earth and pebbles in soils based on marine marl and limestone. After the harvest, the bunches are pressed, and the must ferments thanks to the yeasts present on the grapes for 21 days—18 months of steel aging.
The bouquet is explosive, a glacial nova just warming up. Tones of chalk, stone, light hydrocarbons, and then this yellow and pulsating fruit explodes, syrupy, but always measured, swollen with juice, ripe. Cedar and baked pear references with cinnamon, butter, salt, and aromatic herbs and oysters. The yeasts worked well, giving finesse and complex pastry aromas.
All this splendor is found precisely the same on the palate, declined layer by layer. It is a wine that, when tasted calmly, should be left to rest in the glass and absolutely must not be mortified with a temperature that is too low. The structure is broad, the aromatic volume sumptuous, but a vigorous freshness innervates and supports the entire sip. The minerality explodes in your mouth like a whip of salt.
It has it all: drinkability, three-dimensional taste, depth, juice, and charisma.
45-50 euros: a ridiculous price for an extraordinary Chardonnay, one of the best Chablis for value for money and personality.