The best vintage that I've seen in a long time. - 2012 Pommier Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet

Posted by Ian McFadden

"The best vintage that
I've seen in a long time."
2012 Pommier Chablis 1er Cru CĂ´te de LĂ©chet

I have a soft spot for CĂ´te de LĂ©chet. For years I've been following Pommier's version.

In 2012, this wine really came into its own.

For me, Pommier's 2012 Chablis 1er Cru CĂ´te de LĂ©chet is nipping at the heels of Laurent Tribut's benchmark example from this site. .

Isabelle and Denis Pommier founded the domaine in 1990. Along with people like Patrick Piuze, Thomas Pico of Pattes Loup and Alice and Olivier de Moor, the Pommiers represent exciting new blood in Chablis.

Everyone in the group above has really upped the ante for the region. Pommier's Chablis introduces an extra dimension of textural complexity to Chablis' famous saline minerality. They are intensely, saturatingly mineral.

Their 2012 CĂ´te de LĂ©chet has an explosive, jam-packed midpalate. There's plenty of energy-filled finesse along with layer upon layer of mineral, fruit and floral notes. It's the punch and grace that really wow me.

Pommier's CĂ´te de LĂ©chet exemplifies the best of 2012. As quoted in Burghound, Denis Pommier called 2012 "the best vintage that I've seen in a long time, in fact I would call it better than even 2010."

The beauty of the 2012 is how it combines great poise and concentration. It's also a vintage of really impressive purity.

For 1er Cru Chablis at this level, Pommier's CĂ´te de LĂ©chet is a ridiculous value. We bought all that we could, but Pommier just doesn't make a lot of CĂ´te de LĂ©chet, especially in a short vintage like 2012.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits