La Chablisienne Côte de Léchet 1er Cru 2016

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 […]

Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 2013

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 […]

Jean-Luc & Paul Aegerter Chablis Vieilles Vignes Chablis 2014

This is a delicious Chablis from Jean-Luc & Paul Aegerter. From the 2014 vintage, the grapes were harvested by hand, and vinified in 500 litre new oak barrels, but aged for 6 to 12 months in old oak. In the glass, the wine opens to tight and fresh minerally aromatics. The palate is medium bodied […]

La Chablisienne Petit Chablis 2016

I am delighted to have spotted a couple of La Chablisienne wines imported into Australia. I have previously spent some time visiting the winery, and some thoughts and observations are here. This is a pleasingly typical Petit Chablis and a bargain at $18. Yellow gold in colour, it has aromas of orange zest and stones. […]

Bernard Defaix AOC Chablis 2015

This is a delicious AOC Chablis from Bernard Defaix. From the 2015 vintage, it has aromatics of lemon, shells and stones. The palate is fresh and linear with no oak evident. The acidity is linear without being hard. Chardonnay is almost a different grape variety when grown in Chablis and presented in this style. A […]

Wine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus

I recently attended an outstanding tasting of mostly recent(ish) vintages of premier cru level Pommard and Volnay wines. The quality was universally high across the board, and all well stored examples. In terms of observations, interestingly, neither appellation proved particularly distinctive on this tasting. Pommard is typically thought of as sturdy, masculine and full in […]

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Chateau de Viviers Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons 2014

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. […]

A trio of Chablis; Montée de Tonnerre, Les Clos and Valmur

I presented these three wines blind at a lunch, and I was delighted that they presented with typicity and their quality was self-evident. Domaine Billaud-Simon Montée de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru 2012Aromatics of minerals, lemon citrus and stones. The palate has racy acidity and good length. This wine performed extremely well along side the Grand […]

Domaine William Fevre Les Preuses Chablis Grand Cru 2012

The best Chablis I tasted while in France last year was from the Les Preuses grand cru vineyard.  You can find that post here.  The exciting thing about this wine – from the same vineyard, the same year, but a different producer – is that it tasted exactly as a grand cru Chablis should.  Shipping, storage, temperature […]