2006 Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1093776 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This sweet-fruited wine is laden with white fruits and touched with pineapple yet still remains deliciously fresh. It is a creamy wine, toast flavors rounding it out, the minerality only showing through on the firm finish.  (5/ 2009)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A relatively classic nose of white flower, discreet oyster shell, citrus and ripe green fruit is trimmed in a discreet touch of wood before giving way to rich, powerful and energetic flavors that possess a prominent acid spine on the attractively long and intense finish. Like the Vaudésir, this is not particularly elegant or refined but there is plenty of wine here.  (10/ 2011)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Chablis Les Clos is full of tropical fruits and citrus, faintly musky, very ripe, yet also sleek, refined, saline, chalky, and penetratingly bright – in short, something of an alter ego to the Blanchots. A lightly-sizzling, tactile sense of citrus rind and chalk, along with bitter cherry stone notes informs a pure, clear palate, and there is ample sap and minerality in the finish. This had already been assembled and fined when I tasted it, but still needed to overcome the hurdle of filtration and bottling. It should be worth following for at least 5-7 years. The 2005 was very nearly as good. (90-91+)  (10/ 2008)

Wine Spectator

 Floral, peach and mineral aromas and flavors signal the appellation, while the rich texture and soft structure reflect the vintage. Has moderate length. Best from 2009 through 2018. 150 cases imported.  (9/ 2008)

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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.