16-20 years ago I was shunning Chardonnay, now in retrospect I'm fully convinced I was simply trying to like the wrong stuff. In the late 90's there was a great proliferation of heavily oak influenced CA Chardonnays to choose, they were every place within reach at every shop. Had I started with Chablis, likely my take on the grape would have evolved more respect earlier in my palate development.
Fast forward to recent times, and I simply can't get enough of white Burgundy. The diversity and complexity of flavors, all derived from the growing environment, still astounds.
The bottle at hand is likely my favorite Chardonnay from anywhere, in the sub-$30 price point.
Nose of a distant seashore, lemon skin, lemon squeezed over flint, slate and granite slabs. (I'd really like an oyster right now!)
Palate is lemon-y tropical fruits, limestone dust and citrus pith, so rich with a med-long finish.
Chablis...So Good! If I were to ever write the manifesto of the Chardonnay fan, it may begin with Léchet fruit. — 3 days ago
Lemon and minerals on the nose. Very nice. Palate has very nice fruit. Meyer lemons. Balancing minerals. Very fresh acidity. Always one of the great grand cru values. Bought from fass selections ... getting better as it opens. More lemon oil on the nose. Great almost pleasantly tart juiciness. A very very solid wine. Crazy for $50. — 3 days ago
Very mineral nose : oyster shell, chalk, crushed rocks, hay. Lemony notes after a while,. The palate is georgous and very well balanced : a strong acid backbone with tangy fruity lemon notes all around. Some grip but some roundness on the edges, a long and delicate fruity finish. This is everything I like in a chablis 1er cru. Splendid — 4 days ago
100% stainless steel Grand Cru. I like it. Terrific wine. I adore 2017 white burgundy. Very pure and very mineral nose. Green apple skins and terrific mineralic depth. Palate is racy and classically Chablis as can be. Terrific power and concentration with so much mineral. Fruit is only barely there green apple and pear. So fresh and deep. This is really terrific. — 15 days ago
This was wild. Completely different wines throughout its aeration. Had a hard time with this blind. At first it was incredibly earthy, almost a kiss of something aldehydic, then with air, it moved into a deeply reductive stage, salty ham and hot dog, eventually coming around to flint, crushed oyster shell. Really intriguing journey. Fruit was round, very precise and just touching ripe, textural phenolics really added a dimension to the already mineral spine this had. Great wine, too young for sure — 12 days ago