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Over the past several years, founder Roland’s two sons, Arnaud and David have shepherded the domaine through a period of growth, augmenting vineyard holdings (including this prestigious parcel on the Vau de Vey vineyard) while always moving toward more pure and complex expressions of Chablis.
Located on an extremely steep slope littered with limestone, the Vau de Vey is defined by its saline minerality. David describes it as “direct and pure, full of energy”—a perfectly steely Chablis for oysters-on-the-half-shell, certain to remain tightly coiled for many years to come. Now as much as later on, you will be rewarded by its complexity and food-friendly structure.
"The 2018 Chablis Vau de Vey was cropped at 58hl/ha and matured in 50% barrels and 50% stainless steel for 12 months. It has a clean, pure bouquet of yellow plum, orange pith and light crushed stone notes. The palate conveys energy right from the start, revealing hints of blood orange and quince, racy acidity and an elegant, very persistent finish that lingers in the mouth. Superb." 94 points, Vinous
"A lovely, slightly reductive note of smoke swathes green pear notes on the nose of this wine. The palate adds lemony juiciness to sonorous notes of smoky oak that surround lively Mirabelle fruit. On the finish, bright lemon adds poise, elegance and length." 92 points (2018 vintage), Wine Enthusiast
What does 'Lutte raisonnée' mean?
The proliferation of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides in the 1950s has made France the single largest consumer of phyto-chemicals in Europe today. The subsequent degradation of the soil has ensued, killing off the necessary microbiotic life forms that support healthy soils. Lutte raisonnée, literally 'reasoned fight,' is a reaction to the use of such chemicals, regarded as a pragmatic approach to farming, where chemical treatments are used only when absolutely necessary. Biodiversity in the vineyards is encouraged through the planting of cover crops, rigorous plowing of the soils, and the use of manures and natural composts to fertilise the vines.
Roland Lavantureux Chablis 1er Cru 'Vau de Vey'