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Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2018


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Broad on the palate, with a wonerfully complex aromatic profile of tart citrus, fresh white flowers, and a saline oystershell minerality.

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Jean-Claude Bessin is a very small grower in Chablis. His importer, Becky Wasserman, brings us many of Burgundy’s biggest names: Mugnier, Lafarge, Bachelet. Of course, nobody in Chablis has that kind of profile except for Dauvissat and Raveneau. So, while Bessin, like all of Becky’s growers, does everything right in the vineyard and in the winery, he does so out of the spotlight.

But make no mistake: Bessin’s wines are top-notch. Chablis is all about terroir: its chalky soil and varying expositions expressed through the lens of Chardonnay. Bessin focuses on the terroir with sustainable farming, indigenous yeast fermentations, almost no new oak. There’s nothing to obfuscate the minerally sense of place he coaxes from his old vines. He was trained as an architect and you can feel something three-dimensional in the structure of his wines. Old vines can give a wine a sense of verticality, a height to complement the breadth of flavors. But there’s something more than just old vines here. Bessin is a first-rate talent.

Professional Reviews


BH 92
"Subtle but not invisible wood frames a similar array of aromas. Once again there is very good richness to the even more powerful and slightly denser flavors that reflect plenty of citrus influence on the clean, dry and slightly firmer finish."


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  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied