2017 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu"

SKU #1433925 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a whiff of wood present on the expressive and vaguely exotic nose that offers up notes of algae, iodine, white peach and seaweed. As is usually the case with this wine there is excellent volume, power, muscle and mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the almost painfully intense mineral-driven finish that flashes a bit of youthful austerity. This is terrific and offers excellent upside development potential. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (10/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 A tight core of fresh lemons and a surrounding aura of honeysuckle and wet stones, making for a very classic impression. Good concentration, too. Drink in the next three years.  (8/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Creamy, leesy nose lifted by herby citrus fruit. Like the Forêt, needs time to mesh but everything is in place. 17/20 points. (JH)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Vinified in barrel, with 10% new wood, then 2-4 year old barrels for the elevage. Here the wood integrates very well, adding a dimension of intensity but not boise. This is the flagship 1er Cru delivering a fabulous wine on the palate, with some yellow fruit but particularly a mineral intensity throughout. The wood hardly shows at all, though it may return during the wine's adolescence. Immense density behind. 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, M√Ęcon, 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.