Sunday, June 24, 2012

Chablis Wine Maker, Francois Servin, Featured at Local Event Recently

Francois and me
Francois Servin met with local restaurateurs and wine aficionados in the Wine Room of Bouchon to talk and taste Chablis as well as a few other noted Burgundies.

Francois Servin Bio

Francois makes wine because he loves to make wine.  He uses old-world traditions and also benefits from modern technology.  Francois feels that the winemaker is more important than the barrel maker.  He says that making wine is an art, whereas so many people reduce it to a science.  The Servin family traces its roots in Chablis all the way back to 1652.

Bourgogne Aujourd’hui, the trade journal in Burgundy, rates Francois as one of the TOP TWO winemakers out of 120 in all of Chablis.  In a recent “bragging rights” competition (which is not publicized) in Chablis, Francois took home 2 of the 9 medals, including a gold medal.  At the recent wine competition at the Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas, several hundred Chardonnays were ranked.  Francois only submitted 3 wines and all 3 of them were awarded places in the top eleven.  At the Atlanta Int’l Wine Challenge, Francois’ basic Chablis earned the silver medal.  The list of awards could go on and on.

In short, Francois makes quality Chardonnay year in and year out.  These wines are the personal wines of Francois under his father’s name Marcel, not the more widely distributed wines under Domaine Servin.  They are made in the true Chablis style (full and rich with good minerality) while respecting tried and true Chablis traditions that Francois learned from his grandfather.  These are memorable wines.

The Burgundy Tasting

Francois Servin in Chablis
Special Reserve AOC Chablis (Chardonnay)     2010
Vaillons Premier Cru     2009
Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru     2009
Grand Cru Blanchot     2009
Grand Cru Les Clos     2010
Grand Cru Bougros     2009
Grand Cru Les Preuses     2008
Jean-Luc Joillot in Pommard
Cremant de Bourgogne (“methode champenoise”)     NV
Bourgogne Pinot Noir     2009
Bourgogne Haute Cote de Beaune     2009
Paul Jouard in Chassagne-Montrachet
Chassagne-Montrachet (rouge) Vieilles Vignes     2009
Domaine Gabriel Billard in Pommard
Bourgogne Pinot Noir     2008
Domaine Tortochot in Gevrey-Chambertin
Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Lavaux St-Jacques     2010
Domaine Camus in Gevrey-Chambertin
Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin     2005

With a total of five Grand Cru and three Premier Cru wines that were tasted out of the 14 it turned out to be one of the most exclusive tastings of the year!  This was a real treat for me to see and talk with Francois again (its been a few years since I was in his neighborhood, but still drinking his wines, ha!)

The video that follows is about two minutes long with Francois talking about his style of Chablis, I hope you enjoy.


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