2011 Val de Mer Chablis 1er Cru "Les Fôrets" (Previously $42)

SKU #1144348 91 points Wine Spectator

 A touch of oak lends a spicy, vanilla component to this white, complemented by apple and lemon flavors. This is linear and vibrant, with a lingering, citrus-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.  (9/ 2013)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/3/2014  | Send Email
After the champagne(prosecco)cocktails at New Years,and a bottle of less than impressive Chablis, I opened this bottle to accompany our Dungenous Crab bathed in garlic butter. My husband instantly recognized what a dramatic step up this was, my eyes lit up, and I not so secretly tried to hoard the bottle at our end of the table. The wine was rich with a noticeable homemade butterscotch flavor, accompanied by a lemon curd acidity. Being that it was the start to a new year, and cursing myself for not buying several more bottles, I generously poured my guests the rest so that we could all appreciate the fruits of our (my) labor. BTW, if you're on Delectable and see the photo under my profile (winechef) you'll notice evidence of my butter stained fingerprints on the bottle.

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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.