Chablis Sunday: Visit to La Chablisienne, Chablis

Tasted Thursday, January 10, 2019 - Friday, January 11, 2019 by HowardNZ with 25 views

Introduction

So you’re in Burgundy on a Sunday and most of the wineries are closed, what to do for the day? Visit Chablis for the day …

After the 139kms drive from Beaune to Chablis, we began the day with a scramble around Montée de Tonnerre vineyard trying to figure out why it is so close in quality to a Grand Cru? (A possible answer: the south-west facing aspect is not much different Blanchot, and the Kimmeridgean soil is similar).

After visiting the Chablis Sunday market, we next went for a bottle tasting at La Chablisienne.

La Chablisienne was established in 1923 is the biggest grower collective within Chablis (with nearly 300 growers). It produces about one quarter of all Chablis, over 730,000 cases per annum. They produce 30 different wines including 13 1ers and seven Grand Crus.

They have an ultra-modern facility with a good range of wines for public tasting. Prices at the winery (including tax).

Flight 1 (10 Notes)

  • 2016 La Chablisienne Petit Chablis Pas Si Petit

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Petit Chablis

    (1/10/2019)

    A precise bouquet of fresh green apple, greengage and wet river boulder. Good fruit weight for this level of Chablis. In fact, the palate a little heavy and coarse. contrasting with the finer bouquet. A reasonable Petit Chablis. Euros 9.50.

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  • 2014 La Chablisienne Chablis La Sereine

    France, Burgundy, Chablis

    (1/10/2019)

    A step up from the Petit Chablis but not a stereotypical Chablis. More like a New World Chardonnay than a Chablis with only a hint chalkiness on the finish. Malic and citric perfumes and flavours. A good, basic, everyday unoaked (I would guess) Chardonnay. Vines 30 years old. Drink in the next 3-4 years. Euros 13.

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  • 2015 La Chablisienne Chablis Les Vénérables

    France, Burgundy, Chablis

    (1/11/2019)

    Not the Vieilles Vignes version. A villages level Chablis, the name refers to a plot of at least 35 year old vines. More Chablis typicity on bouquet. Lemon, minerals, seashell and pear perfumes. Richer and fuller on palate than anticipated from the nose. Lacking in chalky minerality and some acid cut. A decent, ripe and full Chardonnay. I’d drink in the next 3-5 years. Euros 15.

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  • 2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    Clearly the best Chablis so far. Limes, chalk, wet granite, pears and a touch of seaspray on bouquet. Complex and expressive on palate. Chablis typicity with a nice chalkiness to support the good fruit volume. Citric and mineral. Precise and linear with a touch of salinity on the finish. Euros 20, a good buy.

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  • 2016 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    On bouquet green apples, limes, nectarines and florals (“Geraniums”, said Andrew). Pleasant Chardonnay on palate. Limited Chablis typicity and minerality. Pear, yellow apple and nectarine. A pass for me. Euros 19.

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  • 2016 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    Green, rather than yellow fruit on bouquet: greengages, green apples and limes. Hints of oyster shell and chalk. In the mouth, well balanced. Good body with nice freshness, acidity and minerality. The green fruit character continued to the palate with some yellow orchard fruit. The best Chablis so far. Euros 19.

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  • 2015 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    An improvement, again, from the Fourchaume. A relatively complex, expressive bouquet mingling spice, citrus fruit, mineral and meadow flower nuances. Also a good interplay of citric, orchard fruit and mineral elements in the mouth. Good concentration and decent acidity. Euros 25.

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  • 2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    By some margin, the wine of the tasting. Very good Grand Cru Chablis. A detailed, ethereal but Chablis specific bouquet of minerals, chalk, spices, soil and lemon. On palate, it’s all power and precision. Excellent fruit weight, volume and power. Sparkling but not over-prominent acidity. Mineral. Complex, layered and long. Drink over the next 10 or so years, I’d guess. Euros 50.

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  • 2015 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    A more subtle set of lifted aromas, more floral with delicate citrus. On palate, earth, blanched cashews and pears, powerful and substantial. Substantial Grand Cru matière. However, it lacked the cut, verticality and laser-like precision of the Les Clos.

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  • 2008 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

    France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru

    (1/11/2019)

    La Chablisienne also had an older bottle open for tasting. On bouquet, slightly caramelised with lemon toffee apple, honey and some Turkish Delight. On palate, clearly oxidised but appropriately so for a 10 year old 1er. Not at all cheesy. Lemon meringue, preserved citrus and lemon toffee. Bone dry though. Good weight and drive. Serious 2008 acidity. Enjoyable. Drink soon.

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