During our first visit to Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Jean-François had mentioned the possibility of an exclusive Chablis Vieilles Vignes, produced from the Chardonnay grapes grown in the small vineyard his grandfather Roger had planted in the 1930s. Having tasted the resulting wine, we were more than happy to agree!
Old vines always add complexity to a wine's flavour and when combined with a period of ageing on the lees, the result is a rich, complex wine with a delightful floral bouquet, a spicy palate with lots of ripe fruit, and a lovely creamy texture. It is racked off its lees in the spring following the harvest, bottled during the summer, and then after a year's maturation in bottle it is ready to drink straight away, though it will also age well for at least three or four years.
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, Fourchaume is one of the best known of all the Premiers Crus and it is delicate and yet rich at the same time; silky smooth, with a smoky, mineral character. It also ages well for at least 10 years.
Premier Cru Chablis is an excellent aperitif and as well as being the classic accompaniment to smoked salmon it goes well with seafood and fish of all kinds. The older the wine the richer will be its flavour and the better it will complement fish in a creamy sauce.