Domaine Alain Gautheron 2021 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre Premier Cru
"Delicate blossom notes and a skein of sweet butter introduce this rich, lavishly textured Chardonnay. It's ripe and voluminous, reflective of this intensely hot, dry vintage, but balanced smartly with a spine of acidity and lingering notes of steel and salt."
In 1977 Alain Gautheron, the 6th generation in a line of Chablis vignerons, joined his father Jean in the family domaine located about 4 kilometers from the town of Chablis. At that time, the domaine was comprised of a mere 8 hectares and was selling around 10,000 bottles a year. Alain decided to get serious and, with the help of his father, grew the domaine’s holdings. In 1991 when Jean decided to retire, Alain took over the entire 14.5-hectare estate. He was joined in 2000 by his son Cyril, who helped create a new cuverie and generally bring the domaine into the modern era.
Today, the domaine consists of 25 hectares of vineyards spread across the Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premier Cru appellations. Alain has basically retired and Cyril has taken over the day-to-day operations. Their annual production is around 150,000 bottles.