Domaine Besson Chablis
Domaine Besson is an independent, family owned winery in Chablis. In 1902, Eugène Besson
planted 7.58 hectares on vines in Chablis. His grandson, Alain, now owns the Domaine and he has
expanded the holdings to 21 hectares.
In the early 2000's, Alain built an enlarged, modern over-ground cellar on his property on the
southern outskirts of the village of Chablis next to the Premier Cru vineyard "Montmains" Alain's
daughter, Camille, has now taken over winemaking duties.
Alain started producing his own estate wine in 2000. Clive Coates describes his wine as
"...splendidly pure and minerally... (and) .... the quality is usually impressive."
The vines have an average age of 40 years. The vineyards are cultivated with great care and a minimum
of sprays and fertilizer are used. The wine is made in temperature-controlled vats and aged
in stainless steel.
The Besson style of Chablis demonstrates minerality and acidity but the wines are more open than
many others from this appellation. The intense fruit flavour is balanced by the acidity and the
wines are easy to drink after only a short time in bottle.
Their wines inlcude:
- Petite Chablis
- Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
- Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
- Chablis 1er Cru Mt de Milieu
- Chablis Grand cru Vaudésir
- Chablis Grand cru Les Clos
The vines have an average age of 35 years. The vineyards a cultivated with great care and a minimum of sprays and fertilizer is used.
The wine is made in temperature controlled vats and aged in stainless steel.
Alain Besson has approximately 19 hectares of vineyards in a large number of separate paracels around Chablis. These areas include:
|Chablis 1er Cru Montmains||5.21 hectares|
|Chablis Mont de Milieu||0.8 hectares|
|Chablis Grand cru Vaudésir||1.43 hectares|
|Chablis Grand cru Les Clos||0.16 hectares|
The kimmeridgian with limestone in the soil that gives the Chablis appellation its unique aroma and flavour. The wine evokes mineral flavors as well as that of hot bread just out of the oven.
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
The Montmains vines are located in an excellent site with a fine reputation on the gentle slopes.
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
The Montmains vines are also located in an excellent site not far from Montmains.
Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu
This parcel faces south guarunteering plenty of sunshine. It is one of the best sites amongst the premier crus.
Chablis Grand cru Vaudésir
In the heart of the Grand Crus, these vines benefit from facing south and south west ensuring optimum sunshine.
Chablis Grand cru Les Clos
These vines are in the centre of this wonderful vineyard and the wines are full and rich to taste.
Montmains overlooks the village of Chablis.