2010 Etienne Boileau Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"" (Previously $31)

SKU #1095587

Situated in the small town of Chablis, Burgundy's most northerly region, Etienne Boileau farms his nine hectares of 1er Cru Chablis vineyards--including this holding in Montee de Tonnerre--with as little interference as possible in the effort to let the distinctive Kimmeridgean clay terroir of the Serein Valley (ancient seabed containing a special soil type known as 'argilocalcaire' that is a mixture of limestone, clay and fossilized oyster shells) acheive realize its vinous potential in the form of structure, focus, and precision. Vinified in stainless steel, with a short marturation period in barrel, the 2010 "Montee de Tonnerre" is elegant and lithe, with youthful lemon and pear aromas and flavors accented by delicate flowering herb and subtle leesy notes. Its raciness is balanced by sustained depth on the midpalate. The finish lingers, echoing minerals and creamy lees. This is for fresh oysters, caviar with creme fraiche on toast, Dungeness crab, or a farm-fresh, herb-roasted chicken.

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- 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.