2007 Domaine Vocoret Chablis 1er Cru "La Forêt" (Elsewhere $30-35)

SKU #1061968

This lovely Premier Cru Chablis has notes of white flowers on the nose, followed by spice and length. It is just a bit riper than in some years, with concentration and that classic limestone /chalk minerality. Les Forêt is the best portion of the larger Montmains vineyard. The combination in this portion of the vineyard of several different clay soils, mixed with abundant limestone rocks, heats up slowly, but holds the heat well in the evening, resulting in both minerality and richness. This bottling has good energy, and has now reached the point where it is drinking well, just in time for crab season and the holidays. At this price, you should stock up now, as once we run out, we are not likely to find more top-quality Premier Cru Chablis at this amazing price. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 10/10)

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 By: Elvis Gottleib |  Review Date: 1/11/2011 
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I found this chablis to be closer to california chardonnay than white burgundy. But it is very well balanced in all elements: acidity, oak, and fruit but it has a butteriness on the finish that reminds me of Napa. If that's your thing, buy now, California chardonnay dreams of being like this. easy to pair with salads, crab soup, bread and brie.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

France

- 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.