Bouchard Aine & Fils Premier Cru Chablis "Les Vaillons" (Chardonnay) 2012 ~ Burgundy, France
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 Commended
International Wine Challenge 2015 Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards "Delicious pineapple, ripe pear and almond, with classic Chablis crisp mineral quality."
The House of Bouchard Aîné et Fils has been in the wine business since the 1750s, and based in Burgundy since the 1730s. The House of Bouchard Aîné & Fils is recognised as one of the stars of Burgundy. International exposure since the end of the 19th century has meant their wines have been widely enjoyed by consumers outside of France, and today they are available in nearly 130 countries worldwide.
Chablis Premier Cru is a classification of the Chablis white wine appellation of Burgundy, in northern-central France. Wines made under this title are from vineyards identified as producing wines of a higher quality than those classified merely as Chablis. In order to keep the production focus on quality rather than quantity, there are strict limits imposed on maximum yields. Additionally, the required potential alcohol level is 0.5 degrees higher than for plain Chablis wines, which forces producers to harvest their grapes only when the fruit is fully ripe.
Vaillons is one of the largest Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis, located in a valley to the southwest of Chablis town itself. Here, on the western side of the Serein river, a southeasterly aspect and high-quality Kimmeridgian soils make for an excellent terroir. Chardonnay-based wines made in the Vaillons vineyard tend to be floral and more delicate than those from the other side of the river, but still retain Chablis' characteristic intense minerality.
Vaillons is one of Chablis' most famous Premier Cru wines, alongside Fourchaume, Montee de Tonnerre and Montmains. Vaillons is separated from the Montmains Premier Cru climat by a 1000-ft (300m) strip of land.