Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 0.15
Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles 0.30
Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet 4.00
Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys 4.00
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 4.00
Chablis 15.00
Bourgogne Rouge 0.40

Daniel-Etienne, son of Etienne and father of Paul-Etienne, is both bon viveur and entrepreneur, with a hotel on the edge of town and a restaurant near the centre, to say nothing of a sales cellar in the tourist town of Vézelay.

He is a real fan of machine-harvesting because of the skin contact it brings to the juice. He then uses natural yeasts for a long, slow fermentation. The wines are racked after the malolactic fermentation but then kept on fine lees, with occasional bâtonnage over two years, before racking again and leaving over a further winter (at least) to stabilise in a cold cellar. In early 2020 the most recently released vintage of the 1ers crus was 2005, so the gap between harvest and release appears to be getting longer and longer.

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