2008 Etienne Boileau Chablis 1er Cru "Vosgros"

SKU #1086649

This seldom-seen 1er Cru is in the commune of Chichee, East of the town of Chablis, on the south side of the river Surein. There is little clay in the soil here, but lots of small pebbles. It is a relatively cold site, but faces South, on three sides of a small valley, so produces wines of drive and energy. This has energy, minerality, lots of presence and terrific length and minerality on the finish, the hallmark of the vintage. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) 90 Points Burghound: "While the components of the nose are quite similar to those of the straight Chablis, there is considerably more depth and this complexity carries over to the round, rich and generous yet vibrant middle weight flavors that possess good cut and punch on the moderately austere finish. This is really quite good with plenty of Chablis character in evidence." (Burghound 10/11)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2012  | Send Email
This one has developed very well and is drinking way out of its price point. Tangy fruit skins (nectarine, mirabelle) mineral, complex fruit extract (quicy, persimmon, white cassis). Altoghether well rounded with an acid that connects the various parts nicely.

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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.
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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.
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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.