Philippe Chatillon - Les Nouvelles 2019
This is one of the most surprising wines we've had in a while.
Cultivated on the grey marl soils of the Arbois appellation, this 100% Savagnin has been slow-pressed in an ancient stone press. Ageing takes place in old barrels for 14 month with topping. The wine delivers lush stone fruit & nut, coriander, curry leaf and caramelized pastry. It is full and richly flavoured on the palate and enhanced by a fine tautness & near searing acidity.
After 18 years as the lead wine of Domaine de la Pinte. Philippe Chatillon founded his own domaine in 2013. The vineyards are located around the village of Arbois in Mesnay, matched by others is Passenans and Puits Saint Pierre in Chateau Chalon. The plantings are mainly on the Lieu-dit of ¨Les Nouvelles¨. He now oversees no more than 2 ha over 3 terroirs. Understood, thoughtfully chosen and brimming with quality.
Philippe demonstrates a devotion to winemaking ,handling every step of the process himself. The works in the vines is reflected in the cellar, it is incredibly tedious and passionate but he manages to make it look as if he were painting a picture rather than labouring.