Chardonnay Chablis France
The soils of Les Lys are a distinguished sub appellation within the greater Les Vaillons. Gently sloped soils which are higher in clay deposits than the surrounding terroirs of Chablis, yield a noticeably elegant style which appealed to French royalty. The exclusively hand picked fruit is treated to the traditional Burgundy style of barrel ferments in well seasoned oak, followed by a year or more maturation on fine lees. Her very fine perfumes and charming palate make Les Lys the perfect accompaniement to john dory fillets or dover sole.
The vines of Les Lys are planted to a unique clay slope on ancient Kimmeridgian subsoils. Grapes are all picked by hand into small 13Kg cases followed by a closer scrutiny over the sorting table. Bunches are treated to a brief 1½ to 2 hours pneumatic pressing for gentle separation of gross solids. Juices are lightly settled for the retention of light solids, half the batches are filled to a selection of well seasoned oak barrels for a completely natural course of ferments and spontaneous malolactic. The balance is vinified in fermenters to retain freshness of fruit character and character of the vineyard. The finished wine is matured for a year or more, partly on fine lees to infuse textural complexity.