Les Chétillons is situated in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil sur Oger and enjoys an almost perfect aspect. Three parcels of vines, ranging from 40 to 70 years of age, yield the grapes used to make this legendary cuvée. These vines, impacted by the quality of the terroir and our mass selection practices, provide the definitive statement of the particular style of this village, a style which resides in mineral power, incredible purity, and a capacity to age.
Dosage: 4 to 5g/L
Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.