A producer we have only offered a few times before, Domaine des Malandes, nestled in the heart of Chablis, is a renowned winemaker with a rich heritage spanning three generations. Established in 1982, this family-owned estate boasts 29 hectares of meticulously tended vineyards dedicated to outstanding Chardonnay cultivation. With a commitment to sustainable farming practices, Domaine des Malandes produces approximately 200,000 bottles annually, including an impressive range of Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chablis wines. Their dedication to preserving the authentic terroir of the region, combined with modern winemaking techniques, has earned them a well-deserved reputation for crafting exceptional and expressive Chablis wines. The Domaine is currently owned and operated by Richard Rottiers, who has taken this estate to a new level with the introduction of organics and only replanting with massale selection Chardonnay. Year after year, these wines have been making huge increases in quality, with 2022 being one of their most outstanding vintages yet.
The Cote de Lechet is the best performing Chablis at Malandes this vintage and, as it stands, should be one of the top examples of the vintage in '22. Grown on the famed Kimmeridian soils of Chablis, this is very mineral-driven and focused with energetic acids and an excellent presence of fruit. It's quite classic even in this warmer year and is so poised while showing excellent concentration. The wines here are very rare in the USA, and we currently have some of the only bottles available. A beautiful note below: this is a great bottle and vintage to get acquainted with this domaine and a top buy for 1er cru Chablis this vintage.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "The 2022 Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet is a standout in the range this year, unfurling in the glass with scents of crisp orchard fruit, lime zest, buttery pasty and oyster shell, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and concentrated palate that's taut and saline, retaining a strong Chablisien signature despite the warm vintage. It's produced from a heavily virused parcel that always delivers low yields."