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Thierry Hamelin’s family domaine is 36ha in the villages of Poinchy, Lignorelles and Beines. He now works with his son, Charles, who has studied oenology and worked in New Zealand and other regions.
The Premier Cru Cru Beauroy is from a 3.9ha site on steep, south facing slopes at an inclination of 30-40° on Kimmeridgian soil. The vines were planted between 1980 and 1982. This type of soil, regarded as the best in the Chablis region, contains mineral-rich clay and has a high content of marine fossils which gives the soil its high lime content. This in turn gives the wines great intensity and character.
No wood is used with the wine being fermented and aged for 12-18 months in stainless steel.
Vivid pale yellow in appearance with a hint of green, the nose is very expressive with the aromas of white flowers and fresh minerality. The palate is dry, powerful and rich with the ripe fruit supported by fine acidity and excellent minerality. A Premier Cru of great elegance and finesse.
The Hamelin’s lost over 40% of the crop in 2016 because of hail and 55% in 2017 following 5 consecutive days of frost!. So a whole vintage has been lost in 2 years.