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Stony Chablis

Savary’s cellar in Chablis (Courtesy of Kermit Lynch Wine and Famille Savary)

In 1980, Raymond Bachelier planted a parcel of vines in Villy, where the Kimmeridgian limestone is close to the surface. Four years later, his granddaughter Francine and her husband, Olivier Savary, started producing their own wines; they launched this single-parcel Chablis in homage to Bachelier after his passing in 2018. It’s a quiet wine with substance, this speaks of a soil and a place, of fossilized oyster shells, brisk apple and golden wheat flavors. Mary Gorman, MW, described the way the flavor concentrated on the mid palate, “It has identity and then lingers with lemon, stone and salt.” It’s the kind of wine that you breathe for a minute or two after tasting it, and are glad for the lasting ghost.

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA


Famille Savary 2020 Chablis Hommage

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