Burgundy is prime Chardonnay territory. And at the region’s northernmost reaches in Chablis, they produce Chardonnay like no other: steely, crisp and very refreshing. This fine example comes from award-winning brothers Eric, Emmanuel and Hervé Dampt, shown below among their prized old vines. These so-called vieilles vignes are actually upwards of 70 years old – such old plants yield very little fruit, but what they lack in volume, they more than make up for in flavor complexity, especially in a remarkable vintage like 2015. The vines grow alongside the Grand Cru vineyards of Les Clos and Vaudésirs – so you’re enjoying a wine with real pedigree.
We go way back with the Dampt family. Established in 1980, the small winery had a humble beginning – the building is actually a converted sheep shed. There’s no sheep around now, only a trophy cabinet full of awards. (Fun fact: they once won more golds than any other Chablis producer at the Concours Général Agricole in Paris – one very tough show.)