Once upon a time, there were seven Grand Crus…and one chateau.
The domain of Château Grenouilles is an exceptional property and unique in Chablis. It is located on the hillside plot known as “Grenouilles” in the heart of the Grand Crus. In 2003 La Chablisienne inherited this legend.
Grenouilles is one of the rarest Chablis Grand Crus, it forms an unbroken plot of 7.2 hectares, superbly exposed on a South-West slope and facing Chablis village. Comprising a selection of small parcels of old vines which are carefully harvested by hand, Château Grenouilles is a legendary white wine with one of the most glorious expressions of minerality. This great wine reveals its true potential with time thanks to its exceptional ageing quality.
« I sometimes felt I had a whole garden under my palate.
I felt lucid, joyful, light. …
The aroma more than the wine itself,
penetrated into the depths of my soul…
I felt good, like damp earth
dazzled by the sun… »
To sample a Château Grenouilles of a certain age is to experience a unique “mineral emotion” and to touch the very soul of the great Chablis terroirs.
At the moment of bottling, the fragrant precision is already prominent in the bouquet, while in the mouth it is clean and profound, presenting a glorious richness derived from the perfect ripeness of the grapes. The minerality is just perceptible beneath the surface and the finish is still in its infancy… but the work is in progress. The aromatic expression of the wine will be at its peak two or three years after the harvest. At this point everything is more complex and more subtle. The fruit, for example, is less exotic and the candied citrus notes a touch more intense while the minerality is starting
to build. On the palate, the fabric of the wine is starting to become more defined.
Five years after the harvest the fruitiness moves aside, allowing a complex bouquet to emerge.
It has also become fleshy in the mouth, presenting a subtle choice between an attractive opportunity and the serious potential for ageing. Eight, ten, even fifteen years after harvest, the nose is forthright and pure, intense and complex, with a bouquet of fresh fruit, white flowers, soft spicy notes, citronella, verbena, honey, wax… the mineral and iodine sensation is clearly defined. It is particularly harmonious on the palate; very well-balanced, remarkably pure, delicate and elegant with a superbly long mineral finish. Finally, at its plenitude, and long after the harvest for very great vintages, it is the very essence of Chablis, the perfect balance, a great joy, a remarkable memory.