Mirror Image: 2016 & 2017 Chablis

In his recent Vinous article Neal Martin writes, "in my view Chablis translates the nuance of land through the prism of wine with a degree of clarity that is its strength and its weakness. Reliant on a single variety from vines precariously perched on the northern latitudinal boundary of viticulture, at constant risk of frost and spontaneous hail, with a proclivity to eschew wood for stainless steel – Chablis gives winemakers little room for error. It is winemaking on a knife’s edge. Yet the benefits are there for wine-lovers to relish. Aromas bursting with scents that evoke images of dew-dappled Granny Smith apples emitting an audible “crunch” when you bite into them. That tang of struck flint. The tension and energy sprung-loaded into great Chablis, the subtleties between various Premier and Grand Crus and mineralité suffused into every mouthful. In talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect." See how the most recent vintages fared in Neal's tasting notes below. Cheers!

Domaine François Raveneau

Petit Chablis Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2017 Petit Chablis offers impressive intensity on the nose: a light oyster shell scents percolating through the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a taut line of acidity, linear in style with a brisk but focused finish. Very fine. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Domaine Laroche

Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru comes from the bottom and mid-slope part of the vineyard and is aged 100% in used demi-muids. It is blessed with one of my favourite bouquets from Laroche this year: beautifully entwined scents of white flower, oyster shell and gunflint, touches of wet granite and struck flint coming through with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, the wood exquisitely enmeshed with the fruit and delivering a wonderful, precise, slightly nutty, smoky finish. Superb! (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Domaine Billaud-Simon

Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has attractive flint and smoky scents on the nose, very classic and traditional in style but conveying a sense of energy and focused. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, a more understated Les Clos than its peers but demonstrating more precise and just more Chablis-like characteristics. This is a well crafted Les Clos that will repay cellaring. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

Grenouille Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2016 Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru has a clean and precise bouquet with granite and flint aromas mixed with pressed white flowers, red apple and Conference pear. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear, open and one of the most generous 2016 from Droin at this early stage. In fact, you could almost drink this now, especially to savour upon the long spicy aftertaste. This is a deeply satisfying, quite involving Grenouilles from Droin. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

Les Butteaux Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2015 Chablis Les Butteaux 1er Cru was actually ordered from the list at "Au Fil du Zinc" restaurant. What a fabulous Chablis! Oyster shell and slivers of white peach on the nose, a hint of orange pith developing later – the aromatics have wonderful definition. The palate is beautifully balanced with a slightly viscous texture, veins of white peach and apricot with an underlying mineralité to maintain tension. Wonderful! (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Domaine Séguinot-Bordet

Les Preuses Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2016 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru is tasted on two occasions, the first time blind the wine feels a little cheesy on the nose. The second time it is better with fresh malic fruit, flinty and smoky in style. The oak is nicely integrated with impressive weight, very harmonious with a precise finish. Classy. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Denis Pommier

Côte de Léchet Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2016 Chablis Côte de Léchet 1er Cru has a gorgeous bouquet with green apple, flint, honeysuckle and light jasmine aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, discrete use of wood here (30% barrel ageing for 18 months) with a beautifully poised, effervescent, orange zest-tinged finish that lingers. Fantastic considering the challenges of the growing season. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils

Clos des Hospices dans les Clos Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2016 Chablis Les Clos "Clos des Hospices" Grand Cru has a more complex and intellectual bouquet than the regular bottling with scents of dried honey, white chocolate, almond and light hazelnut aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity. This is still quite oaky in the mouth but there is more than enough fruit to absorb that, plus it fans out beautifully on the finish with notes of white peach and dried quince on the aftertaste. Excellent. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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Patrick Piuze

Les Minots Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2016 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru has a generous, slightly confit-like bouquet that is well defined and focused. The palate is well balanced with a precise entry, quite understated with a discrete sprinkling of white pepper towards the finish. Fine. (Neal Martin, Vinous, August 2018) — 9 months ago

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