Quite a broad and expansive style, a rich and spicy Chablis, nice and buttery but not really detailed in its discreet expression, relatively soft, completely ready. In its youth this must have been a stunner (or so all the critics seem to think), but I don't think it was made for the long haul.
Very fine. Mid green gold. Nose of fresh flowers and sea-spray. Fine citrus backbone, some iodine, some light honey, chalk. Good acidity and weight. Long. Really textbook. Most enjoyable. Good now but still quite young, more to come for sure.
This was more seamless than the Valmur '10 which preceded, perhaps less full of character, but more perfect. Medium/light body with all its elements of citrus fruit, stony minerals, bright acidity and underlying roundness beautifully focussed and singing in unison with hints of lovely secondary development which is so beguiling on mature (pox free!) Chablis. Very good.
The critics all seem to adore this, but I entertain slight reservations about this wine. I like it a lot, but it isn't all that. The nose is beautiful, expressive after decanting, mineral and deep, hints of lemon and subtle oak; nice intensity on the palate, lovely minerality, ripe acidity, hint of warmth from the oak; good length. A lovely Chablis, but it does not really distinguish itself from a very good Premier Cru and I would say that this does not have the energy and drive required for greatness; the peacock's tail that Preuses is famous for is missing too. Might it be that, like in Germany, 2007 is not always completely fulfilling its early promise in Chablis either? For my palate, this is completely ready.
This seemed borderlined corked, so I will not be rating it. A bit of a pity though, because it would have been very nice otherwise. There was a cardboardy whiff about the nose that faded somewhat, but it was always still there, peeking out amidst rather ripe smelling scents of sweet red apples and fleshy melons, some flowers, and the lightest soupcon of cream set against a chalky backdrop, slightly spicy backdrop. Rather rich smelling for the normally more spare and minerally Les Preuses I thought. Same thing on the palate. This was rather rich and creamy for a Chablis, particularly a Preuses, with white fruit and apple flavours pierced by some stirring acidity. For all that freshness though, this had an oily textured weight that seemed more Les Clos than Les Preuses, perhaps more 2006 than 2007. It ended in a long, deep and powerful finish, with chalkier notes flecked with a little seashell. Unfortunately, though, that hint of cardboard peeked out again, more clearly this time, on the backpalate. I thought this lacked a bit of the usual cut and precision for a Fevre Les Preuses, especially from such a pure vintage like 2007. May have been because it was corked, but that we will only be able to tell with another bottle.
Dinner at Galletto's (Galletto Ristorante, Modesto Ca.): Decanted for a couple hours…started out with wonderful ripe and creamy peach, green apple fruit…laser beam citrus, sea minerality….later into the night, it plumped up even more, and started showing some buttery notes, not ox.…but still great chalky salty minerals, lemon/lime lift, great tasty Chablis!
Decanted at cellar temp for 2 hours prior to tasting. Dominant lemon rind and lime zest on the nose, with plenty of green apple, crushed sea shells, white flowers, light stone fruits, with some toasted oak lingering in the background. Great nose that's so crisp and citrus-y it almost makes your eyes water. Tons more lemon oil and lime zest follow through on the palate, with tart green apple, white peach, and charred wood. Plenty of saline and crushed limestone dances across the palate, with lively tongue numbing acidity coating the tongue on the finish. There's definitely some oak floating around here but it's not obtrusive, and will surely integrate with some more time in bottle. Delicious now but what a bright future this has in front of it. Fantastic-
This is extraordinary tonight displaying flavors of quiet, but intense green fruit, rich, penetrating oyster shell notes, firm minerality, some saline undertones and a hint of nutmeg, all supported by a brisk acidic spine. This is a nuanced, elegant bottle of wine. Just delicious.
Pale gold in colour. Popped and poured. Expressive nose with time in the glass. Buttery vanillan oak underlying aroma sharpened by wonderful fruit above, limes, green apples, citrus freshness and zing! An exotic fragrant expression, more enticing with further time open. Silky, seductive palate. Full bodied mouthfeel. Melange of generous fruit up front and seamless mid-palate which continues on and on and without end almost, to generous satisfaction. Very happy. Open one hour, new sensations from a wine that continues to add to its expressive qualities with newfound minerallity and zesty acidity post mid-palate. Impressive stuff.
Not a good night for Chablis at my house. The first two bottles of La Forest were premoxed and undrinkable and this bottle had the very barest hint of cork and, while still drinkable, was fairly flat and uninteresting. A shame.
Coravin Pull #1 - Checking in on this last bottle with a first pull...similar notes to before...this is fantastic stuff. Will be tough to wait another year for pull #2 but got to try and be patient. Just can't blame anyone for breaking this open now and enjoying it! It is fantastic.
Something must have been wrong with my previous bottle: this is great! Very pale straw... Nose shows flint and orange peel, camomile, gooseberries. Tart but sweet and flavorful, really long finish, superbly delineated.
Pretty straw gold in color and translucent. Nose is full of white stone fruit and some warm sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with coating all around. Finish is thirty plus seconds and acidity kicks in as it makes you salivate mid palate for another glass. Wonderful stuff.
Don's 45th (Home): Rich concentration with high acidity and initial signs of age. Starting to develop some secondary flavors and length. Will continue to age for years. More depth and length than the Brocard 1er Cru Vaulorent that was drunk at the same time.
Lovely zesty lime flavor balanced very well with the somewhat complex minerality. On opening, the nose is somehow muted and the body is also on the light side, in spite of the good flavor. We decided we need to have more patience. We drank along the way for over 5 hours. It didn't get much better. A good finish, though.
Light yellow. Floral, brothy aromas. Interesting apple and pear quality of fruit instead of citrus. Medium weight with good power, fine acidity and salinity and great length. Very impressive, with surprising depth and volume for a 2007.
Pale yellow with greenish hues, stubborn nose of honeydew, lees, smoke and tropical fruits, high viscosity palate with butterscotch, pear, green apple and lemongrass, finish is tad metallic with underlying mineral streaks and tangy acidity
This is beautiful Chablis. Rich, deep fruit with bright floral notes, green fruit, oyster shell and a crisp, mineral laden core. The depth and underlying tension in this wine are extraordinary tonight and there's a long, 60 second plus finish. Opened for about 3 hours before it really started to shine.
Very crystalline and smooth. Not a power wine, this was contemplative and displayed both minerality and finesse, but also a subtle citrus/lemon core. Won praise from those at the table that most favor "old world." I learned a lot from this wine and would look forward to trying again.
Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (Porter Creek, Mpls, MN): Pale gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. The nose had a nice, distinctly earthiness on the front end, that did diminish somewhat with aeration, along with notes of pear, lemon, citrus, light minerals. The palate was fairly crisp showing the same pear and lemon notes, round, but almost delicate on the palate with less minerality than expected. This was quite nice, but I will say I was expecting something more moving. 91+pts.
Some toasty reduction on the nose blows off to reveal aromas of mint, flint and citrus. It has some ripe fruit notes on upon entry but then she’s all iodine and mineral in the mouth. It has excellent rocky detail and possesses exquisite balance and serious length.
Unlike a 2007 Cote de Bougerots a couple of weeks ago, this bottle was pristine and youthful. Drinking extremely well right now after a couple of hours open in the bottle. Lemon thyme, ripe apple, linden flower and oyster shell minerality, with very well-integrated oak spice. Complex on the palate, with a savory mineral quality to the white fruit and citrus flavors. Long finish. A great bottle.
Tasted alongside a slightly oxidized 07 Les Clos, this wine showed perfectly - classic Chablis with its hints of oyster shell on the nose, electric verve so characteristic of 2007, and crisp tart orchard fruit flavors. A joy to drink. 93-94.
Light straw. Lemon zest and pear, even lime. Buttery and a little creamy but not too oaky - this seems just the amount of oak I can tolerate with ease and it is likely to diminish from here. Very sharp but refreshing with the intensity. This has a few years to go yet but is very nice now. The definition and subtlety is striking. A beautiful wine.
Excellent. Opened a full day back and left in the bottle, this was still young but very impressive indeed. It showed a beguiling Chablis nose of wet stone and earth, mineral and seashell, even a bit of beeswax, along with subtle red apple and lemon scents. This had opened up very nicely since the last bottle I drank about two years back. The palate also showed quite a bit better than the last outing. This was classic Preuses: absolutely clean, precise and focused, with an almost laser-liked defintion to its white fleshed flavours - apples again, green Granny Smiths this time, with more ripe lemony accents at the edges and just the tiniest hint of gingery spice. Lovely. From the midpalate on, the entire package was underscored by a tremendous flow of chalky, stony minerality that coated every crevice of the mouth as the wine pulled away into a long, incredibly insistent finish. This just about that captured every taste receptor on the back-palate and refused to let go. Not quite raw power I would say, but this was quietly deep, with an immense sense of presence that crept up on you. It was very subtle though, never shouting, and such was the super fresh and citrussy youthfulness of the wine that one could almost miss how much was going on beneath the surface. I got nothing more than a glimpse of the potential of this wine in the last bottle we had. This time round, this bottle really gave a sense of what a great Chablis it really is. A superb wine. It was lovely to drink with some sushi over lunch at Kingyo even now, but I think it will be truly great in 5 to 6 years time.
Sort of tropical and somewhat oaky nose with underlying mineral component.On the palate very rich and plus with decent acidity. Very ripe for Chablis but pretty interesting fruit. Could be confused with a modern style meursault or Puligny. Nice enough wine but not my cup of tea.Might get more interesting with time.
Fantastic crystalline purity of flavours here on the palate - nose was somewhat less yielding however I drank from an inferior glass due to circumstance. WAY TOO YOUNG however - note AM's suggested from date is 2014! I agree - this was almost painful to drink this evening. Wine colour was almost water like transparent. Hold hold hold and this could be something great.
From Magnum - Beautifully clean and pure, nice depth and floral elegance - improved as it sat in the glass but it will need more time to fully shine. It is interesting to see the significant difference of opinion between Allen's glowing review and the previous reviews by members who found the wine more modest.
Somewhat closed, but complex nonetheless. Needs air and was better on day 2. This is a fresh and intensive wine that has everything in good balance. Several years in the cellar will probably make my score seem conservative.
Not giving off very much now, tasted blind and in a bourgogne bottle, this totally stumped us. I thought the minerals and slight fat character did remind me of a Chablis which is probably why I called it at that but that said , was really suprised this was a grand cru no less! Very neutral and muted palate with white stone fruits but just wet stones and neutral tasting. Maybe it needs time but at the moment not living up to its status.
Black Glass Society - Inaugral Dinner (Ming Kee, Macpherson Road): Very highly feted by the critics, but this was just not drinking that well on the day. Chad opened it an hour or so before and double decanted the wine into an empty 2007 Leflaive Bourgogne bottle - quite a few of us thought it was really a Bourgogne, albeit a top class one. Nose was very tight, with some flinty mineral, smoky bacon, a nice savoury uncercurrant and some white fruit, along with a touch of flowers and vanilla pods floating overhead. All very subtle and nuanced though, with only the minerality standing out. Palate had lots more flinty mineral, along with a whole lot of high acidity at the attack, so that it seemed austere, almost lean. Past that and into the mid-palate though, it was clear that the wine had a good depth of white fruit, with some sweet ripeness and weight wed to a firm structure. Bits of spice rounded the palate off. Still rather monolithic though, with not much showing. The finish was long and snappy, with some ripe lemons and more of that clear minerality. All very simple at the moment, with plenty of neutral fruit, lots of acid and grip and that strong seam of flinty mineral. Nothing much else on the wine. This should come good in the years down the road, but I thought it was more or less shut down on the night.