Edouard & Eleni Vocoret (Courtesy of Grand Cru Selections)

Soulful 2019 Chablis

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We have some really beautiful Chablis hitting the shelves this week, and not a minute too soon. These steamy NYC evenings call out for a wine that allows one to at least pretend you are at the seaside. Chablis is an ideal candidate. The iodine and seashell notes, bracing acidity and bright citrus that often characterizes this most individual of Burgundies are transporting. The wines on offer today will be perfect at the table or beachside.

The wines of Eleni and Edouard Vocoret are some of the loveliest and best-value Chablis around. They were favorites of mine when I was the wine director of a restaurant that regularly sold between 1,500 and 2,000 oysters a night. What always struck me was their sense of poise. These wines seem to always have every hair in place without feeling overly technical.

While Eleni and Edouard met working together in New Zealand, their Chablis bona fides are unimpeachable. Edouard’s family owns a large and well-known domaine and Eleni cut her teeth working with Nathalie Oudin and Vincent Dauvissat, both outstanding producers. They are the only two employees at the domaine currently and have been working hard to cut out treatments in the vines. They ferment only with natural yeasts and there is virtually no new oak in the cellar. The overall result is a range of wines that present their individual terroirs with stark clarity.

En Boucheran is the furthest west within the appellation, tucked between 1er Crus Vaillons and Montmains with plenty of clay in the soil. This is always the roundest and juiciest of these. The vines are roughly thirty years old.

Bas du Chapelot sits further north, just below the legendary 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre. This wine always over-delivers, with plenty of weight and mineral intensity.

Les Pargues sits adjacent to Foret and the soil is dense with limestone. This site produces the raciest and snappiest wines of the three parcels on offer and is distinctly ageworthy.

The three wines on offer today are all outstanding village-level wines and each one completely individual. If you are looking to get an early sense of Chablis in 2019, you could hardly ask for a better snapshot than by trying one of each of these wines. Sam Ehrlich

** THIS IS A PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER. THESE WINES ARRIVE THURSDAY 7/22**

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