Lilian Duplessis in his cellar. Photo by Sophie Barrett

In a Silent Way: The Quiet Pleasures of Duplessis Chablis

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Under the best of circumstances, organic and biodynamic viticulture is never easy. When you combine that with a marginal climate like that in Chablis the level of difficulty only increases. This is why we have such admiration for father and son vignerons Gérard and Lilian Duplessis. In an area known for industrial farming, the Duplessis family makes a beautiful array of terroir-specific Chablis from well-situated plots in the village, showing respect for the soil and utilizing traditional methods in the cellar.

Lilian, who has succeeded his father Gérard, farms the family’s 9 hectares of Village, premier cru and grand vines organically (certified since 2013). Cellar work is traditional with native yeast fermentations, long lees aging in stainless steel tanks, followed by 6 to 18 month elévage in neutral oak barrels before bottling. There’s nothing flashy or stylized here, the wines are quietly articulate, communicating the individual terroirs with subtlety and nuance.

Today we are pleased to offer a selection of the 2015 vintage along with a smattering of library releases. 2015 is a sunny vintage with charming fruit and with a fine bead of minerality within. And while we have secured nice quantities of this vintage, one should know that the 2016 and 2017 vintages will offer tiny quantities with frost, hail, and disease pressures all drastically lowering yields (Chablis is a marginal climate, after all).  John McIlwain

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  • 12 in stock
  • $47.99

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  • $51.99

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Duplessis, Gérard 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Located on the right bank of the Serein, Montée de Tonnerre is one of the more structured premier crus, distinctly mineral and long-lived. The 2015 Duplessis Montée de Tonnerre is a classic expression from the site. Crushed herbs, lime zest, flint, and sea spray on the effusive nose. The palate shows incisive minerality with pungently saline character offset by cool-toned apple and citus notes. this is deeply stony with driving energy on an impressively long and palate-staining finish. Excellent now with a quick decant, better still in 3-5 years. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic

Duplessis, Gérard 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

The Montmains vineyard lies on the left bank of the Serein River a bit south of Vaillons. The 2015 has a ripe nose redolent of white flowers, orchard fruit, and citrus oil. The palate offers ripe golden apple, and Meyer lemon flavors underlain with subtle notes of sea spray and dusty minerality on a persistent finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $49.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $104.99

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  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

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Duplessis, Gérard 2015 Chablis Vaugiraut

Located on the left bank of the Serein, the name Vaugiraut derives from “Vaul Girault,” which means Girault's valley, likely the name of a local owner. Aged entirely in cuve (stainless steel tank), Duplessis' 2015 Vaugiraut offers pretty aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, and crushed herbs. The palate displays flavors of white peach, citrus, and salt with hints of green tea and quinine on the stony, precise finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
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