Mont de Milieu sits on the right bank of the Serein River in Chablis. It's a relatively unknown Premier Cru vineyard, perhaps because it is overshadowed by its more pronounced neighbour, Montee de Tonnerre. Christophe et Fils produces a typical Mont de Milieu that is energetic, lively and mineral, yet with a edge of reduction upon opening. A few years in the cellar or a good decant will be beneficial. Fantastic. - Chris L
As a man Sebastien is energetic and quizzical, perhaps even restless but it is easy to see he has that special 'je ne sais quoi' found in all the best winemakers. Every aspect of his viticulture and vinification is thought out and effected with precision. There is nuance and fine detail in his wines that pleases the toughest connoisseurs and they are nicely concentrated thanks to Sebastien's understanding of the importance of low yields.
He conducts the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in steel, and ages the wine in steel (with a mix of older barrels for the 1er Crus). He looks for elegance, length, purity and minerality in his wines and has extremely exacting standards with the result that the quality is sensational.
The domaine and its vineyards are in the commune of Fyé, across the river from the town of Chablis. The hills are steep here and overlook Les Clos, Blanchots and Montee de Tonnerre. I found the biggest surprise in his cellar was his Chablis Vielles Vignes made from two parcels, both circa 50 years of age; one above 1er Cru Fourchaume and another parcel above Grand Cru Les Clos; all raised in stainless steel allowing the terroir to shine through, it displays beautiful bracing acidity and vibrancy. It also has that attractive green and platinum shimmer and is particularly concentrated and suave. A terrific village, that quite frankly is easily of 1er Cru standard.
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