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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 while always moving toward more pure and complex expressions of Chablis.
On the right bank of the Serein River, which flows through Chablis and its region, Bougros is located in the north west corner of the Grand Cru slope. It has a remarkable south east exposure and the steepest slope of all the Grand Crus. The Bougros Grand Cru sees 20% new oak over 12 months and has one of the better aromatic profiles amongst its peers. Clean and precise with apple blossom and light peach skin notes, the new oak is present but simpatico with the fruit. The palate is fresh and detailed on the entry, well balanced and finely tuned towards the finish. Superb.
"Sweet spices, chalk and steel on the palate with delicious umami complexity on the mid palate. Full and lengthy, and shows that Chablis can be taken as seriously as any top burgundy. Still very young, and will go on to even greater things." 18/20, Jancis Robinson
92 points, Vinous
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 Grand Cru 'Bougros'