- Large 1er Cru with multiple terroirs
- Duplessis all well-situated plots
- Most exotic, flamboyant of the 1er Crus
Domaine Gérard Duplessis is a family run cellar today managed by Lilian Duplessis with each vineyard 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, Duplessis' 1er Cru Montmains is sourced from four lieu-dits (parcels) with an average age of 60 years old. The upper part of Vaillons produces more racy, classically-styled Chablis with the lower sections offering fatter, more voluptuous wines. Lilians plots come from a cross section of four lieu-dits on both upper and lower parts of the slope making this a quintessential Vaillons.
The 2017 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is taken directly from tank although, it will see 6 months in barrel at the end of its maturation. It has a tightly wound bouquet with Granny Smith apple, oyster shell and just a touch of dried apricot lending a mote of exoticism. The palate is very well balanced with quite a racy opening, a linear and poised Vaillons full of tension with just a tang of lemongrass brightening up the finish. Very classy, though unlike the aromatics, the final half is quite understated for a Vaillons.