2007 Brocard Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A great Preuses is a "consolidator", meaning that it assembles many aspects of what makes great Chablis and this has it all with a wonderful combination of aromas including green fruit, iodine, oyster shell, sea breeze and saline elements trimmed in a bit of wood that are all reflected by the gorgeously complex, rich, full and generous medium-bodied flavors that are naturally sweet on the dry extract coated mid-palate yet finish with a bone dry finale. A wonderfully classy and ultra pure wine that is strikingly well balanced.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In striking contrast to last year’s rendition, which was in new cask, Brocard’s 2007 Chablis Les Preuses, was largely fermented in a small cement “egg” of a sort that has recently become quite fashionable, with a small portion having gone into barrique. This smells fascinatingly and site-typically of scallop, musky floral perfume, and citrus. Faint, detached notes of lanolin and resin do not detract too much from that fascination. On the palate, it is as lush as any wine in the Brocard 2007 collection, with its oiliness and persistence of musky floral notes making for a sultry – some might even say “kinky” – seduction. I would not leave it out of sight for very long, but monitor its evolution in the course of 2010 before drawing further conclusions about any longer-term potential. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full straw-yellow color. Very ripe aromas of honeycomb and marzipan, with a light lactic quality. Opulent, rich and rather powerful, with an exotic aspect to its yellow fruit flavors. Impressively fat for 2007 but a bit generic: I never would have guessed the cru. In 2007, I prefer Brocard's Clos and Valmur for their more typical Chablis tautness, but a couple of this estate's premier crus seem even more successful in the context of their appellations.
There are some nice flavors of honey and mineral, all backed by bracing acidity, yet this seems advanced in its evolution, lacking purity. A hint of tannins marks the finish. Best from 2011 through 2014. (Web-2010)