2016 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru "La Forêt"

SKU #1446552 90-92 points Vinous

 (these 61-year-old vines were planted by Laurent Pinson's grandfather): Bright yellow-gold. Yellow peach and flowers on the nose; purer and more precise than the Vaugiraut. Then fatter and thicker in the mouth but with surprisingly racy acidity giving the very ripe yellow fruit flavors a penetrating quality. Finishes with good thrust and firming minerality, and without any dryness or aggressiveness. Ultimately silkier and rounder than the Vaugiraut, demonstrating more finesse.(ST)  (8/2017)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is freshness to the layered nose that also displays ample Chablis elements on the spicy citrus and pear scents. The rich, intense and mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess fine power while really fanning out on the impressively long finish where about the only nit is a hint of warmth.  (11/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Good restrained fruit here framed in subtly toasted spices. This has a neat chiseled shape with long fresh flavors of lime and grapefruit and plenty of acidity. Drink or hold.  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

92pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale lemon and lime, a slightly reductive nose. Lean, with some wood tannins at the back. Very introverted at this stage, wait and see. This is a classical wine with some substance, and I think it will grow."

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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.