2016 La Chablisiènne Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1405878 94 points James Suckling

 Very powerful and very composed with an array of ripe peaches and melon. Lime and apples, too. The palate’s really succulent, powerful and rich. Super complete and complex. A fresh finish. Drink or hold.  (7/2018)

93 points Decanter

 Delicious orchard fruits and smoky iodine merge with orange zest and almonds; ripe and textured with gentle acidity.  (6/2019)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough wood present to warrant pointing out framing the still primary nose of mostly mineral reduction and exotic white orchard fruit and floral aromas. The attractively textured, sappy and mouth coating flavors possess excellent volume as well as ample minerality on the lemony, markedly dry and youthfully austere finale where the wood reappears. This is a powerful and well-constituted Les Clos and one that will need a few years of cellaring first.  (10/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is excellent, wafting from the glass with notes of lemon, mandarin and pastry cream. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, chewy and structured, with impressive concentration and depth, concluding with a bright, stony finish. (WK)  (8/2018)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.