Another photo I’ve had printed and hung on the hall-way wall. This was taken in the cellars of Simmonnet-Febvre in Chablis. A visit is highly recommended – you can do so via appointment – the cellars are extensive and highly atmospheric. This photo required a long exposure of 30 seconds, the light levels being particularly low, just what you would expect in a wine cellar. If you cant make it to Chablis the Simonnet-Febvre Premier Cru Chablis from the Montmain, Vaillons and Fourchaume are well worth hunting down. Don’t drink them too young mind, they benefit from some aging in the wine rack.
Of the three it was the Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2012 that received the highlighting asterisk on my tasting note sheet. The combination of richness, freshness, restrained minerality and the grapey freshness really sang to me. This Chablis has received no oak but spent 12 months sitting on its lees. Interestingly this is a blend of grapes from two plots of vines. The first gives the purest acidity while the other, sited nearer a Grand Cru vineyard, has a greater richness. A bottle should set you back around £20.
Photograph: The Cellar Simonnet-Febvre, Chablis.