The still-youthful Sébastien Dampt has been at the helm of his own domaine for over a decade! His family can trace its winemaking roots back over 150 years. Sébastien got his start working for his father’s esteemed Domaine Daniel Dampt, before setting out on his own in 2007.
The weather in Chablis can be microclimate-like, and in 2018, the growers rejoiced, as conditions were perfect resulting in what some are calling the best Chablis vintage in twenty years. This is especially good news as the vintage follows 2017 and 2016, which were very challenging due to issues with frost and hail affecting overall production.
The southeast-facing, Premier Cru Côte de Léchet vineyard is spread over a hillside west of the village, directly opposite the west-facing Grand Cru vineyards. The wine is bright and lively, with nuances of citrus peel, salinity, and minerality. Its freshness and persistence leave a lasting impression.
South of Chablis, in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, conditions during the 2018 vintage were ideal. As was the case in the north, the harvest produced healthy quantities of high-quality fruit.
Relatively new on the scene, Julien Cruchandeau was exposed to the wine world after working for a high-end brasserie in London. He returned to Burgundy and spent two years in oenology school. He then landed a job managing an estate and making the wine for a domaine in Bouzeron for 4 years before founding his own domaine in 2003. With the help of investors, Cruchandeau expanded his holdings in 2009-10, most notably acquiring vines planted in 1947 in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
The east-facing Aux Saints Jacques vineyard sits on a slope 750 feet above sea level between Nuits-Saint-Georges’ Premier Crus and the border with Vosne-Romanée. The wine is redolent with savory red-berry fruit, forest floor, and spicy aromas. The palate is elegant with a long finish. Drink 2023-2035.