February 20, 2024

Simmonet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru Montmains

Who makes it?

Simmonet-Febvre Montmains is a very elegant Chablis. The Montmains region is a Premier Cru appellation in Chablis, part of Burgundy. The name of the region comes from the word ‘Montmeen’, which is a mountain that is a lower altitude between two taller mountains. These vineyards get early morning sun which is good for frosty conditions. The grapes here tend to be harvested later as it is colder here then other regions in Chablis. Therefore expect these grapes to develop complexity and concentration.

The name Simmonet-Febvre harks back to the 1800s although the winery has roots earlier than the Simmonet name being added. As of 2003, it is part of that eminent Burgundian wine group, Louis Latour.

How do they make it?

The winemaker leaves this Chardonnay in contact with its lees for an extended time. However, this is without ‘battonage’ or stirring of these dead yeast cells.  The vines are around 35 yrs and grow on vineyards with plenty of that famed pale Kimmeridgian soils. The Montmains Chablis’ are known to be some of the best Premier Cru Chablis.

There is no doubt that this is one of France’s famed Chardonnay regions.

What does it taste like?

This is a fragrant wine and that extra time on lees has given it a fleshiness. It has plenty of fragrant apple, citrus and in some years, peach. There is often a stony minerality that can be found here too. And always has a fresh acid backbone that keeps the wine poised and elegant. This acid is softer in style while still being racy.

It will develop some honeyed character with some age that will add more flesh and savouriness.

What to drink it with?

A fine Chablis such as this goes very well with fish, vegetarian and chicken dishes. A pasta with lemon, capers and chicken will be superb. So too will grilled scallops.

Cheese

The Simmonet-Febvre Montmains are good wines to enjoy with fresh cheeses such as goats cheese or feta. Additionally soft white bloomy cheese such as Bries and Camemberts are also excellent choices.

Quickie review « If you are looking at a first wine to try to get your head around Chablis, the Simmonet-Febvre Montmains is a fine place to start. »

Country of Origin:  Chablis Premier Cru AOC, France
Tasting Date: 
January 2024
Price:  UK £ | € | US$ ++
Drink: now – 5+ years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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