2010 Château de Maligny/Domaine de l'Églantière Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume"

SKU #1117463 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding!* Admirably there is plenty of Chablis character to the airy and cool nose of mineral reduction, iodine and sea breeze aromas. There is good energy and precision to the moderately dry and intense medium-bodied flavors that possess just enough mid-palate fat to avoid austerity on the persistent finish. This is really quite good  (9/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Sometimes the mistakes that a small winery make can benefit us all. We got a plea from an importer that the wine he had ordered had been mislabeled. He had ordered Chateau de Maligny, and the wine showed up as boxes of wine labeled "Domaine de l'Eglantiere" This is a second name also used by the same winery. Of course the wine in the bottles is exactly identical, but the winery has two labels it uses. His market was for the Château de Maligny, not for the Églantière. So we made a terrific deal on these cases, and are passing the compelling price on to you. But the story gets even odder. When we received these cases, all were marked "Domaine de l'Eglantiere" on the outside of the boxes. But the wine inside had labels that were a mix, with most of them labeled as Chateau de Maligny. So I can't promise whether the bottle we pull for you will have one label or the other. But I can promise that, with either label on the outside, the crisp Premier Cru Chablis inside will be rich and delicious, with floral notes on the nose and drive and richness on the palate. And at the finish, that oyster shell and minerality that is the hallmark of Chablis will ring through. And all at as special price, thanks to labeling confusion at the estate.. It's easy to see why Burghound reviews this wine as "Domaine Jean Durup Père et Fils/Château de Maligny/Domaine de L'Églantière Chablis Fourchaume 1er" (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 12/12)

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/21/2012  | Send Email
A great Chablis for a song! This has everything you'd want in a Chablis; minerals, acid, body and pure deliciousness. Buy it now at this price or you'll be sorry.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2012  | Send Email
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This is a real deal, and just in time for crab season here in California. This Premier Cru Chablis has floral notes as well as the classic oyster-shell aromas. On the palate it's rich on entry and finishes with that hallmark Chablis minerlaity. Oysters, crab, any shellfish, or even a roast chicken seems like a good excuse to drink some of this. And at well under $25, it is one you should not hesitate to grab. I suspect that at this price, ti will fly off our shelves! I know I am taking home a case for my own Christmas crab feast...
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2015

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/14/2012  | Send Email
Wow What a deal! Strong and long on the palate with hints of minerality and a touch of roundness.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5