Vintage: 2021

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2021DS302A2112 x 75DiamAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
Producer

Domaine Soupé is a relatively new domaine in Chablis. Run by brothers Frédéric and Jean-Michel Soupé, they only recently started bottling. Although the domaine is new, the Soupé family have owned and farmed vineyards in Chablis for three generations. The brother's maternal grandfather was the 71st grower to join the ‘La Chablisienne’ cooperative winery founded in 1923. Frédéric and Jean-Michel left the cooperative in 2018 to create their first vintage as Domaine Soupé.

Jean-Michel oversees Domaine Soupé’s 16 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyards, with 10.5 hectares in Chablis, 2.75 hectares in the Premier Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ and a couple of hectares between the Premier Cru ‘Vaillons’ and Petit Chablis. The fragmented nature of their parcels brings different elements to the final blend, combining marked chalkiness with a white pear character. The vines for their Chablis are between 28 – 31 years old and planted principally on south-facing slopes.

Frédéric is responsible for the domaine’s winemaking, seeking to produce wines which reflect their site. He uses indigenous yeasts and temperature-controlled, stainless-steel fermentation to retain the freshness and purity of the fruit grown by his brother. The Chablis spends six months on its fine lees in stainless steel, creating additional texture, before being lightly filtered and bottled. The final wine displays lively notes of citrus and stone fruit, enhanced by bright acidity and a saline finish.

The Chablis Premier Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ hails from 2.75 hectares of 63 – 66-year-old vines. The vines are planted on west-facing slopes comprised of Kimmeridgian, marne and limestone soils, producing wines with a marked chalky character. Like the ‘village’s Chablis, it is fermented in stainless steel before ageing for six months on its fine lees. The 0.09-hectare parcel of Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Preuses’ sits at the top of the slope, west of the Grand Cru hill. This westerly exposure ensures the vines receive the last hours of sunshine during the summer months. These vines are aged between 16 – 19 years old and are planted on a mix of Portlandian and Kimmeridgian limestone soils. The grapes are hand-harvested and begin fermentation in stainless steel tanks, before completing both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in used oak 500-litre demi-muids. This ensures the oak is well integrated and lends texture without overpowering the wine.

The quality of Domaine Soupé’s vineyards has made them a rising star in Chablis, cementing them as ones to watch.

Vineyards

The fruit for the 1er Cru 'Montée de Tonnerre' comes from 2.75 hectares of 63 to 66-year-old vines. The parcels lie on west-facing slopes on Kimmeridgian, marne and limestone soils, which produce wines with a marked chalky character. The majority of the fruit for the 2021 vintage comes from lieu-dit 'Chapelot' - a plot renowned for producing especially rich and complex fruit. A proportion of fruit two lieux dits renowned for producing wines with great freshness ('Pied d’Aloup' and 'Côte de Bréchain') is blended in to balance this richness.

Vintage

2021 was a challenging vintage in Chablis. After a mild winter and a cold spell in spring, temperatures rose significantly to summer levels during late March to early April. This caused the vines to bud earlier than usual, which left fragile buds vulnerable. During early April, there was a sudden drop in temperature, with extreme lows of -8ºC destroying the young buds and causing a significant reduction in yields. Flowering took place in July and temperatures were warm during the summer, but the vines were able to draw on plentiful water reserves from winter rains which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly at a perfect pace. Despite the reduction in yields, 2021 was a tale of quality over quantity and the grapes harvested had an excellent balance of aromatics and acidity.

Vinification

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently pressed in a pneumatic press and the juice was allowed to settle at 14°C for 24 hours. Alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in stainless-steel vats at a constant temperature of 20°C. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally at 20°C. To add texture, the wine was aged on fine lees in stainless-steel vats at a temperature between 12° and 14°C for six months before being lightly filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

Bright yellow in colour, this wine is elegant with pronounced aromas of citrus fruits accompanied by subtle hints of acacia blossom. On the palate, the wine is elegantly structured with a tightly coiled acidity carrying the pronounced flavours onto the lingering finish.

Alcohol (ABV)

12.5%

Acidity

3.22 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.3 g/l

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