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Jean-Claude Oudin once sheepishly told me that he was tough on his vines.  By that he meant that he prunes hard to make the plant struggle to do what it is supposed to do: produce seeds.  The fact that healthy seeds come from healthy fruit is not lost upon those of us who appreciate the Oudin philosophy. 

The Domaine Oudin came to be in the late 1980s when Jean-Claude and Christine Oudin left the stress of Paris behind and settled near the bridge in Chichée to raise their two daughters and to develop a small 5 acre vineyard they had inherited near Chablis. Today, the daughters, Nathalie and Isabelle, oversee almost 20 acres of Chardonnay.

And today, the Oudin sisters are at the top among a small group of young Chablis producers who are unafraid to take the risks that distinguish good wine from great wine. Theirs is some of the best Chablis.  World class, but without the fanfare.  True Insider we like them here at Elden Selections.

From the outset, theirs has been a natural viticulture, respectful of the environment, and a style of winemaking that is at once simple and modern.  I asked Nathalie if she too was severe with her vines.  Same sheepish look.  Same reply.

You see, winemaking at the Domaine Oudin is seen as a simple process.  Perfect fruit pretty much transforms itself into perfect wine. So all the risk and all the worry, all those moments of doubt, come down to the harvest.  It’s farming.  

There is no great wine without risk and worry.

The grapes arrive quickly to the cellar where they are pressed with modern equipment to maintain the purity of the juice. Natural fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, and the wines are aged on their lees, again in stainless steel, to allow the wine to develop the minerality and vivacity offered by the native kimmeridgian soils and to express these very specific ‘terroirs’ and weather conditions. The domain does not use oak at any stage of the production.

The result is one of the purest expressions of chardonnay on the planet.  River rock and white flowers, fresh and fat from perfect fruit and perfect lees. Ask anyone who has ever tasted an Oudin wine.  It is memorable. Includes 6 bottles of each and INCLUDES GROUND SHIPPING:

Domaine Oudin Chablis 1er Cru 'Vaugiraut 2018
An upper left bank premier cru that sits above the village of Chichée and to the south of Chablis itself, this Oudin Vaugiraut is a moment of pleasure with ripe fruit and gun-flint smoke. It’s floral and stony with a hint of salty sea breeze, pure and powerful and elegant.

Domaine Oudin Chablis 1er Cru 'Vaucoupins' 2019
The uppermost right bank premier cru, situated between Fley and Chichée, and the next valley over from the premier cru Mont de Milieu, this Oudin Vaucoupin is ripe and fresh, subtle with a touch of salt. Lively and powerful, yet controlled enough to allow the minerality and purity to sing.

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