Tuesday Wine Night - Free Style (Extra Space): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with aromas of fresh flinty minerality. On the palate, high crisp acidity, medium body, long finish. Flavours of tons of flinty minerality, lemons combined with a bit of oak influence, and a hint of creaminess, all coming together to give quite a rounded mouth-feel. Very fresh and elegant. From the producer's website: "The grapes come from one of the oldest vineyards, planted in 1955 by Bernard Defaix and exceptionally well exposed to the sun. This “cuvée” is partially fermented in oak barrels. Half of the wine is fermented in barrels and remains for 12 months on fine lees with regular "batonnage". After tasting, this wine aged in barrels is blended with the same“cuvée” that has been aged in stainless steel tanks. The final blend is bottled 18 months after the harvest." Now I know why there is oak influence and a touch of creaminess.
Similar to our last note. Fresh aromas of citrus, hay, and crushed sea shell. Textured, rich palate of meyer lemon custard, with finishing saline, granite, tart citrus, and dried herbs. A nice combination of body and lifting lime acidity. Nicely done. R&M90
The aromatics are distinctly chablis, with gorgeous meyer lemon and crushed sea shell as well as undertones of orchard fruit and lavender. The palate opens with rich layers of ripe lemon, complicate by almond and dried green herbs. A welcome saline mineral spine arises on the mid-palate, later continuing onto a long and invigorating finish of tart lemon/lime citrus and white flowers. This has an excellent mouthfeel, boasting both rich lemon fruit and balancing acidity. Overall this a fantastic chablis with both power and finesse. R&M 91
Excellent floral nose. Golden color. Buttery & good offsetting acidity. Very nice wine. Can see the connection to Chardonnay as I've had it (Cali, new world), but this is certainly different. The acidity has a different dimension that brought this into the realm of really good food wine (not just salmon). Went very well with smoked whitefish. Medium finish.
On the nose, nice juxtaposition of florals against a base of marine minerality, along with s subtle dose of oak. On the palate good fruit depth but still driven by acidity at this point in its life. Will put remaining bottles away for 2-3 years minimum. A good QPR at $30. Rating is for current drinking, and is probably a couple points conservative if this lives up to its potential down the road.