“CHABLIS SHOULD BE MEAN”


Our Wines / Friday, October 14th, 2022

Domaine Thierry Laffay is a small high-quality yet little-known Estate managed by Thierry Laffay since 1985. Laffay farms 7 hectares of vineyards over seven excellent appellations. They are mostly organic citing that their viticultural practices are those of reasoned cultivation ‘lutte raisonnée’ scrupulously applied, avoiding systematic treatments and intervening only in the event of a major risk. Vine age averages between 40 and 50 years and grapes are harvested by hand. Indiginous yeasts commence fermentations; the wines are aged for a minimum of 9 months in stainless steel tanks . After the alcoholic fermentation, the wines remain on the lees and resume malolactic fermentation the following spring. Their wines keep all the typicity of the terroir and the vintage thanks to limited handling. The Laffay wines display taut and steely Chablis classism of yesteryear.

Domaine Thierry Laffay Chablis 2019 – $36.95 per bottle – 12 packs. 
Classical Chablis this one, dry, mineral, crisp and bursting with freshness, clarity of fruit and medium body but always in balance, not austere or over-done. Laffay is one of those producers that stays the course, his approach is very much hands off when it comes to winemaking he prefers the vineyard to do the talking and this is very much reflected in the wine. It will evolve over the next 4 years or so as it is a little young at present but it will be worth waiting for.

Domaine Laffay Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2019 – $54.95 per bottle – 6 packs.
A relatively small vineyard quite elevated with an average vine age of 40 years and low yielding. This is a complete terroir expression of Chablis, nerve, vibrancy with racy mouth-watering acidity but yet with very good fruit weight and composure. 2019 provided another superb vintage from Chablis, low yields and a smaller production compared to other bigger vintages however we think it’s even better. More mineral, fuller body, in essence, a truer expression of Chablis. Cellar from 4 to 6 years.