From: Chablis, Burgundy, France Varietal: Chardonnay François Servin, along with his Australian associate Mark Cameron, direct the operations of this 30 Ha domaine. Tradition is important to the Servin family, which because of its long history in Chablis, owns some great parcels; four Grand Crus - Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos and Preuses; six Premier Crus - Butteaux, Les Forets, Montee de Tonnerre, Monts de Milieu, Vaucoupin and Vaillons. Even the parcels of village are very well situated, with their largest, les Pargues, formerly being a Premier Cru. François, however, while appreciating the great tradition, has taken great steps to bring this domaine (with the spectacular potential sites) into the forefront of Chablis. He is resuming the practices of hand harvesting (all the Grand Cru are now hand harvested; a large portion of the Premier Cru, too). For new planting, he is using uncloned Chardonnay and planting it at greater density. Some cuvées are being bottled for us with no filtration, and we work closely together sharing ideas. Tasting Notes: The 2018 Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru is rich and ample in feel, with plenty of textural resonance that envelops a core of apricot, passion fruit, peach, lemon confit, vanillin and white flowers. Medium in body and supple, the 2018 offers quite a bit of immediacy. This is an especially generous, exotic style, and yet the 2018 was done entirely in steel. Pairing:All seafood, especially oysters, shellfish. Also excellent with chicken and lamb. Serve between 11-13°C. 92 Points -Robert Parker
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