La Chablisienne continue to produce very good, reasonably priced Chablis wines. Côte de Léchet is a south-east facing premier cru vineyard and its wines are typically considered more austere in character as a consequence. In the glass, the 2016 has firm aromatics of stones and lemon. The palate is medium bodied, with good acidity. This wine is approachable and enjoyable now, but will benefit from 3 to 4 years in the cellar. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $45. Website: http://chablisienne.com/en/home/. Reviewed: September 2019.
A first for everything, this time a Raveneau wine from Chablis, and premier cru vineyard Montée de Tonnerre in particular. A grand cru in style, this wine has a gorgeous aroma of lemon and minerals. The palate reminds of jasmine, yoghurt and has a resounding linear acidity. This is an outstanding wine that can be approached now, but will suit further cellaring of 5-10 years. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 13%. Price: $300. Website: NA.
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There are 17 main Chablis premier cru climats, and Vaillons is one of the largest of them at approximately 110 hectares. This wine is a particularly good expression of Vaillons. It has aromas of citrus and stones. The palate is firm with spine tingling acidity and a delicious lingering stoney impression that cuts through. Overall, this is an impressive wine that tastes exactly as I’d remembered the region from my last trip (see my post here). (Region: Chablis, France, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes absolutely, Drink: now to 2027, Tasted: May, 2017, Source: Sample)
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