Food pairing: Fish, smoked salmon, seafood, sushi, roasted ham, escargot, grilled veal, pork chops, goat cheese...
Serving temperature: 10-11°C
Beautiful pale gold robe with subtle green-white tint. Nice attack on the palate, great length in the mouth, very fine and elegant wine.
Situated near the town of Auxerre, Chablis’ vineyards are located halfway between Paris and Dijon, the capital city of Burgundy. A little over a century ago, the Yonne was one of France’s major wine producing areas. Wines from Chablis were delivered to Paris and its region atop log booms on inland waterways. Chablis was already much appreciated by the clergy in the Middle Ages for its exceptional whiteness and clarity. They used it as their wine for mass as it symbolized extreme purity. Chablis thus became a legend. It was the first wine to win Europe over, appealing to princes and bishops alike. Chablis is now one of France’s great dry white wines. It is well-known throughout the world.
This family-run estate has been passed down over several generations. It is located at Fontenay-près-Chablis, a small village just to the northeast of Chablis, on the right bank of the Serein River. Today, Guy Mothe and his three sons, Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent, own 43 hectares of vines located on the hillside slopes throughout the various appellations of Chablis.
Jean-Louis and Vincent Mothe work in the vineyards while Thierry Mothe, who now presides over a state-of-the-art winery, takes care of vinification, aging, bottling and filling of orders. It is important to him that his Chablis be pure and mineral, not subjected to barrel aging which would mask the fruit. Thierry Mothe is also the president of the Yonne’s association of independent winegrowers.
The vineyards are planted exclusively with Chardonnay and sit on Kimmeridgian soils, producing dry, white wines which are clear, lively and light, with a characteristically yellow color and subtle green and white highlights. Great care is taken during vinification, respecting the use of traditional Burgundian methods coupled with modern technical means.
Production area: 43 ha of white (Chardonnay)
Production: 210,000 bottles/year