After the bumper crop of 2018, the winemakers of Chablis harvested lower yields in 2019 but a warm and largely dry growing season meant that the grapes (picked early in the middle of September) were brought in in excellent condition. 2020 saw one of the earliest harvests on record, refreshed by early August rains before picking mid-month.
Based in the eponymous town of Chablis (from which the region takes its name), father and son Christophe and Dylan Camu represent the sixth and seventh generations of their family to make wine here and currently tend 13 hectares of vines across all 4 tiers of classification. Their 'Villages'-level Chablis – which accounts for half their overall output – is a classic of the appéllation. With a bouquet of white flowers and lemon balm preceding a palate of orchard fruit underscored by a crystalline minerality, it makes an uplifting aperitif or partner to shellfish. Ascending both literally and figuratively to Premier Cru status, Christophe and Dylan own a parcel of vines in the climat of 'Beauroy' to the north-west of the town. The resultant wine has a deep straw robe and stewed apple scents and flavours offset by nervy 'wet pebble' notes. It drinks well from release but can readily support 3-5 years bottle age. The jewel in the crown chez Camu is their magnificent Grand Cru bottling of 'Les Clos'. With classic 'struck match' and dried fruit aromas and a smoothly-textured palate of yellow stone fruit and terrific tension, it pairs well with fish and poultry and can cellar well for a decade or more.