This is the second of the two superb Denis Race Chablis 1ers Crus I've been able to source in the 2014 vintage and, as with the Mont de Milieu from a few weeks back, very little to go around. The 2014 vintage in Chablis is one of the best here in many years and considering the challenging supply/quality issues we'll be seeing in the next three vintages, this is a particularly good value for a high quality 1er Cru.
Domaine Race is now run by Denis Race, wife Laurence and daughter Claire who's the fourth generation of her family in Chablis to make wine here. The Races own 15 hectares of vines in Chablis from Petit Chablis to a great Grand Cru Blanchots. Farming is essentially organic, winemaking traditional and being no fans of oak, aging only in stainless steel. These are some of the purest and most elegant Chablis I've ever come across.
The 2014 Montmains is a strikingly complex wine surprisingly more interesting than the Mont de Milieu to my palate. The Races own 4 hectares in Montmains with vines up to 60+ years old and that shows in this bottling. Where the Mont de Milieu does show the classic Chablis profile of racy acidity and mineral length, the Montmains has a little more depth and even more length with just a bit more density. Very pale yellow in color, the nose has the expected citrus and oyster shell but there's ripe lemon and wet stones here as well. Full bodied, bracingly acidic and loads of mineral on the finish. Excellent candidate for the cellar. 36 bottles available and won't last long.