Servin Chablis – Revisiting a Favorite – Smashing Wines from Chablis

François Servin - Tradition in the Cellars, Flamboyant in Person

François Servin – Tradition in the Cellars, Flamboyance in Person

François Servin – one of the more flamboyant winegrowers in Chablis – and his Australian-born winemaker Marc Cameron have been on a qualitative hot streak. With three consecutive vintages of the best juice I’ve tasted here, it’s high time these guys are on your radar. Whether Grand Cru, Premier or straight Village, the Midas touch is strong here, and at work across three of my favorite, most-recent vintages.

With parcels of the oldest vines comprising most of their holdings, ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE in particular insists:

“They deserve a berth in your cellar alongside those prized Raveneaus and Dauvissats.”

Having spent more than adequate time tasting the line-up, I get it. You will, too with a few glasses of their recent releases. Acidities are perfectly balanced with the fruit, but more importantly, the “Chablis” spirit is here – in buckets.

What I seek, foremost – my beloved Kimmeridjian vein of lip-smacking salinity – weaves its way throughout François Servin’s selections.

One of the dynamic duo’s top wines, in particular, the 2014 Le Clos Grand Cru is – in a word – smashing! The new oak is barely there; it’s all about fruit (buckets of it) and that classic vein of acidity. Everything graciously wrapped in harmonic salinity.

 

Looking to the 2015s, the very old-vine Selection Massale is a killer value, made all the more irresistible by a consumer-friendly growing season. There’s a gravel and Granny Smith bouquet which belies the “buy it by the case” pricing. This is my go-to value buy in classic Chablis for 2015. It’s thoroughly irresistible.

 

Without skipping a beat, the team rolled right into 2016 with one of the best versions of their 1er Cru Vaillons I’ve tasted since the late 1990s. Sit back, take in the aromas of the ocean – oysters, sea breezes – and then be prepared to be all consumed by the fruit of this stunner. Brimming with peaches, mandarin oranges and Granny Smiths, all wrapped nicely in Kimmeridjian complexity, this is a true dream of a Vaillons. And having consumed more of this 1er Cru than any other (it’s my favorite) I will tell you that you absolutely should not miss it!

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Servin Chablis – Flamboyant Winegrowers On A Qualitative Roll

François Servin - Tradition in the Cellars, Flamboyant in Person

                             François Servin –                             Tradition in the Cellars, Flamboyant in Person

Estate-owner, François Servin – one of the more flamboyant winegrowers in Chablis – and Australian-born winemaker Marc Cameron, is on a qualitative hot streak; three consecutive vintages of the best juice I’ve tasted here.

With parcels of the oldest vines comprising most of their holdings, Wine Advocate in particular insists,

“They deserve a berth in your cellar alongside those prized Raveneaus and Dauvissats.”

Tasting the line-up, I get it. You will, too. Acidities are perfectly balanced with the fruit, but more importantly, the “Chablis” spirit is here – in buckets. What I seek, foremost – my beloved Kimmeridjian vein of salinity – weaves its way throughout François Servin’s selections.

In particular, the 2014 Le Clos is – in a word – smashing!

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 – Aug 2016)

 

 

 

And, as always, the very old-vine Selection Massale is a killer value, made all the more irresistible by a consumer-friendly 2015 growing season.

90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 – Aug 2016)

 

 

Double that for the thoroughly terroir-driven 2015 Mont de Milieu, tops on my personal shopping list.

92 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 – Aug 2016)

 

 

 

Not skipping a beat, the team rolled right into 2016 with a lip-smacking Vaillons brimming with fruit, all wrapped nicely in Kimmeridjian complexity.

90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 232 – Aug 2017)

 

 

 

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