2006 Domaine Long Depaquit (Albert Bichot) Chablis Grand Cru "Blanchots"

SKU #1166466 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An elegant and ultra pure white flower and somewhat tropical fruit nose replete with hints of stone, sea breeze and quinine that can also be found on the rich and full flavors that also retain a fine sense of detail on the wonderfully long and balanced finish. A very pure and sophisticated if slightly forward Blanchots. Drink 2011+  (10/ 2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Reticent nose hints at apricot and stone. Creamy and fat in the middle, but with moderate freshness to the flavors of pineapple and wet stone. Finishes stony and slightly dry-edged, with decent length.  (7/ 2008)

Wine Spectator

 Starts out round, then the structure emerges, with a touch of heat on the finish. Green plum, honeydew melon and stone flavors prevail throughout. Best from 2009 through 2018.  (9/ 2008)

K&L Notes

Bill Nanson writes on the Burgundy Report: "A deep and slightly brooding nose. The palate is ripe and has just enough acidity – but it’s not too fat. Opens out into a good mineral finish." (Burgundy Report, 4/2008) And Chris Kissack writes: "First sample was deemed corked and replaced. The second showed a wealth of fresh, stony, linear fruit. The palate has a similarly stony quality, nicely textured too. Attractive, gentle acidity. It is rather leaner in style than I might expect for grand cru level, and this may reflect the position of Les Blanchots, which is a cooler site with a southwest aspect at the end of the run of grand cru vineyards behind the town. (The Wine Doctor, 3/2009)

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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.