2017 Domaine Pinson Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1428507 96 points Decanter

 This is the less wooded of the two Les Clos bottlings from the Pinsons, but it's still quite a rich, powerful style. It's dense and complex, with notes of baking spices, subtle stone fruit and a saline, minerally flourish. (TA)  (7/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 There’s just so much depth from the get-go with deep, fresh lemons and peaches, bathed in stony minerals. The palate has a very deep and rich core of concentrated peach and citrus-fruit flavors and cruises seamlessly into a long, composed finish. Impressive. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Aromatically, this is restrained to the point of being almost mute with its airy and cool array of floral, spice, iodine, ocean breeze and soft wood nuances. There is even better size, weight and richness to the evidently concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess a sleek and refined mouth feel before concluding in a youthfully austere and sneaky long finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. Patience required.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

92-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Slightly fuller yellow. The nose is not ready to show yet. But the weight of the fruit on the palate, carries the oak well though you can see it, but the harmony between the two is there. A certain sucrosity of maturity, the texture is high class and the acidity leaps up behind. This is clearly grand cru material. Tasted May 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.