- The most famous 1er Cru in Chablis
- Superb wines from this vinaeyard in 2017
- “This is just sensational” – Jamie Goode
Domaine Gérard Duplessis is a family run cellar today managed by Lilian Duplessis. Every vineyard is worked in accordance to organic farming since 2007 and all vineyards used for village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru wines are on the famous Kimmeridgian limestone. The lieu-dit of Montee de Tonnerre is actually quite small at only six hectares, but when it takes in the neighbouring lieu-dits of Chapelot, Cote de Brechain and Pied d'Aloue (many vignerons will name them as Montee de Tonnerre) it rises to over forty hectares in size. It is considered one of the finest Premier Cru's known for its seamless balance and archetypal style.
The 2017 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru has a slightly earthier bouquet than the more flattering Mont de Milieu at the moment, just a touch of oyster shell coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced with noticeable weight and girth, good volume in the mouth with veins of stem ginger, fanning out with confidence on the finish. Very fine, though I prefer the elegance of the Mont de Milieu at this prenatal stage.
2014 - The 2014s are distinctly classic in style with higher acidity, much more terroir-expressive, much more tensile and reserve. They are, what you might flippantly term, "proper Chablis”