In a nutshell: A rich, stylish and subtly oaked Premier Cru Chablis
The lowdown: The premier cru vineyards of Chablis are among the best areas for growing Chardonnay. The yields are limited which allows the fruit to develop the distinctive mineral qualities that are imparted to the wine. For this cuvée about a third of the grapes are fermented in oak which adds extra fullness without being overpowering. It also spends several months on its lees to add a further layer of complexity. Ths result is a wine with a nigh on perfect balance. It's full of rich, ripe citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle developed notes of honey, toast and vanilla. Smooth with a good body, characteristic minerality and clean acidity, it's a lovely example of a Premier Cru Chablis.
When to drink: With its subtle layer of fullness this is delicious with things like white fish creamy sauces or with seafood.
Domaine de la Motte is a 25 hectare, family run winery handed down from father to son since 1950. Now under the stewardship of Bernard Michaut, an ex-chef, who works with his son Adrien. Their winemaking is meticulous and the wines are benchmarks for the region. They are fastidious about producing concentrated, mineral and very precise wines which reflect the particular terroirs of Chablis, with vines on both Portlandian and Kimmeridgian soils. Motte's wines are regularly chosen for the Tastevinage label, a rigorous selection by the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Tastevin of wines they regard as offering the best of the region in terms of quality and style.