2007 Brocard Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1155702 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A great Preuses is a "consolidator", meaning that it assembles many aspects of what makes great Chablis and this has it all with a wonderful combination of aromas including green fruit, iodine, oyster shell, sea breeze and saline elements trimmed in a bit of wood that are all reflected by the gorgeously complex, rich, full and generous medium-bodied flavors that are naturally sweet on the dry extract coated mid-palate yet finish with a bone dry finale. A wonderfully classy and ultra pure wine that is strikingly well balanced.  (10/ 2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In striking contrast to last year’s rendition, which was in new cask, Brocard’s 2007 Chablis Les Preuses, was largely fermented in a small cement “egg” of a sort that has recently become quite fashionable, with a small portion having gone into barrique. This smells fascinatingly and site-typically of scallop, musky floral perfume, and citrus. Faint, detached notes of lanolin and resin do not detract too much from that fascination. On the palate, it is as lush as any wine in the Brocard 2007 collection, with its oiliness and persistence of musky floral notes making for a sultry – some might even say “kinky” – seduction. I would not leave it out of sight for very long, but monitor its evolution in the course of 2010 before drawing further conclusions about any longer-term potential. (DS)  (12/ 2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full straw-yellow color. Very ripe aromas of honeycomb and marzipan, with a light lactic quality. Opulent, rich and rather powerful, with an exotic aspect to its yellow fruit flavors. Impressively fat for 2007 but a bit generic: I never would have guessed the cru. In 2007, I prefer Brocard's Clos and Valmur for their more typical Chablis tautness, but a couple of this estate's premier crus seem even more successful in the context of their appellations.  (7/ 2009)

Wine Spectator

 There are some nice flavors of honey and mineral, all backed by bracing acidity, yet this seems advanced in its evolution, lacking purity. A hint of tannins marks the finish. Best from 2011 through 2014. (Web-2010)

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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.