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Direct Import Pricing On One Of The Best White Wine Values at K&L - 03/21/2017 - White Burgundy

We’ve long been adoring fans of La Chablisienne as their wines, in addition to being case studies in precision and purity, are an utter delight to drink. Among the top producers in region, they have for years crafted some of the finest examples of terroir driven Chablis with their wines perfectly capturing the bright fruit and chalky minerality that makes this appellation so unique. The 90-Point, 2013 "Côte de Léchet" is a perfect example of their approach and is easily one of the best values currently on our shelves. Rarely does one find Burgundy of this high a caliber at such an approachable price. Even a cursory survey will reveal that most single site, top tier Chablis run upwards of $40 and in some instances climb well into the $100s. La Chablisienne prices have always been very approachable, but now that we have established a direct import relationship we’re able to bring them down even further. $19.99 for the "Côte de Léchet" is downright amazing and constitutes a deal no wine lover should miss. Among our top sellers, previous vintages of "Côte de Léchet" have sold out in a matter of days; we are thrilled to offer this perennial favorite once again.

The "Côte de Léchet" is garlanded with bright aromatics of white flower and clean citrus, elements that carry through wonderfully to the palate. Racy, clean and focused at the outset given time additional touches of nectarine, lemon, chalk wet stones, and just a hint of spice. Its kinetic like energy persists from the start all the way to its long and pleasant finish. A classic Chablis through and through it will easily offer five to seven years of enjoyment.

For more about La Chablisienne, check out our recent On The Trail blog post

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2014 La Chablisienne Bourgogne Chardonnay >100 $12.99
Wine Club Price: $9.99.
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2014 La Chablisienne "La Sereine" Chablis >100 $16.99
Wine Club Price: $14.99.
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2013 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet" 90 >100 $19.99 View
2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" 95 >100 $26.99 View
2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" 93 >100 $39.99 View
2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" 91 97 $44.99 View


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2014 La Chablisienne Bourgogne Chardonnay ($12.99) Wine Club Price: $9.99.

La Chablisienne is a renowned producer in the region we started working with directly last spring. With an impressive portfolio consisting of some of the best vineyard sites in Chablis, we'd been eager to do business with these guys from years. Now that our first container has arrived and the bottles are finally hitting the shelves, it's safe to say there may not be a more exciting selection of white wines at K&L right now. The 2014 La Chablisienne Bourgogne Chardonnay has it all there: minerality, fruit and acidity, in perfect harmony and balance. It starts off with a subtle whiff of wet stone and iodine, then slowly opens up to lemon curd and hints of zesty green fruits. Zippy acidity and subtle tannin notes lead to a fresh, bright finish. A classic white with pretty citrus notes and minerality, this drinks so easily. You can pair it with almost any type of food requiring a crisp, clean white wine.

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2014 La Chablisienne "La Sereine" Chablis ($16.99) Wine Club Price: $14.99.

Decanter: "Taut and focused with a restrained cooked apple and pear nose and a multi-layered grapefruit and stone fruit palate." (05/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chablis la Sereine has a crisp, mineral, gypsum-scented bouquet that unfurls nicely in the glass but remains rather aloof. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, rounded in texture, but still fresh with a hint of clear honey and peach towards the long finish. This is quite stylish, if just missing a little complexity compared to its peers. (NM)" (08/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "This is a rich style of Chablis that has the crispness of 2014 while showing a more creamy, yellow fruit character. Part wood-aged and part matured in tank, it's balanced and ready to drink. (RV)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: This 2014 La Chablisienne 'La Sereine' Chablis represented the greatest value of all the wines we tasted on our visit to this excellent co-operative. Loaded with pretty melon notes along with citrus and wet stone accents, this energetic and bright offering showcases the beautiful 2014 White Burgundy vintage where everything seems to be in perfect harmony. Fruit, acid, oak, tannins and sugars all meld together to create a seamless and perfectly balanced Chablis that can pair perfectly with fish, green salads or cheeses, or be enjoyed as an apéritif.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2017

This is a classic and clean Chablis. It is light,with citrus and notes of mineral throughout . From all of the 2014 La Chblisienne products that I have tasted, this is one of my favorites because I think that it will go so well with food like seafood and was mouth watering.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2017

It is almost silly how tasty this Chablis is considering that it is not Village level or anything. Long clean and elegant, this is a focused and complex wine that one would expect to command a higher price point. The acid and minerality are never out of balance and serve each other well to point and focus this wine. There is some lovely lemon notes here as well and a beautifully long finish. The absolute stunning 2014 vintage combined with the fruit that the people at Chablisienne can get means that we are able to bring a fantastic wine to you at a great price.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2017

This super value is green, flinty and saline with mild crushed melon fruit and hints of honeyed citrus. Affordable, delicious Chablis to drink tonight.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 05, 2017

Crisp with a lovely citrus component, this wine is fresh and lively. A very classic Chablis from a great vintage!10% barrel aging for the La Sereine helps round out this beauty.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2017

A mouthwatering example of how multi-dimensional Chablis can be. The Chardonnay is gorgeous and elegant; the fruit aromas and flavors show beautifully, but are perfectly restrained. What makes this wine in particular so special are its racing acidity, mineral drive, and salty finish.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2017

Leaner than the other La Chablisienne offerings but just as complex, this mineral-driven Chablis shows expressive Meyer lemon and other bright fruit with subtle salinity and racy acidity. If my rusty memory of Francis Cabrel serves, La Sereine means mermaid in French, and this refreshing stunner certainly lives up to its beautiful name. An elegant summer favorite, perfect for oceanside sipping.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2017

Lean, crisp, and mineral forward, La Sereine has classic Chablis character that simultaneously quenches the palate and compels another sip. Lemon, flinty minerality, hints of spicy herb and white pepper. Enjoyable on its own on a hot day, or with some fresh oysters (the brinier the better).

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2017

Our trip to La Chablisienne this past Spring was one of the most eye-opening visits I've ever spent at a winery. We spent an absolutely spectacular morning with Fabrice Roelandt, during which we tasted more than a dozen chardonnays, each from a different vineyard location, and each with its own unique flavor profile. I was honestly overwhelmed by the variety and the depth on display. When we commented about a wine's richness, he had an answer: "This vineyard is on the right bank of the river where there is more sun, therefore it's riper." When we remarked about a wine's clean acidity and freshness, he would say: "This vineyard is located in an valley inlet where it's cooler, that's why the acidity is higher." His simple and supportive approach to Chablis eduction was as refreshing as the wines themselves; it also spoke volumes about the philosophy at the facility. "La Chablisienne doesn't have a house style," he mentioned to us as we discussed the production methods; "We do simple winemaking that reflects the character of the vineyard, nothing more." You get all that purity right away in this mineral-driven, clean, and focused La Sereine expression from 2014. It embodies everything I love about the Chablisienne wines: fresh, true-to-style, complex, drinkable now, and affordable! With the incredible quality of the vintage, and our direct pricing, you can't afford NOT to buy this.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 29, 2017

On the extreme value end of Chablis, the La Sereine just can't be beat. A beautiful expression of ripe Chablis, honeydew notes and a stony edge lovely and balanced. A nice mild citrus finishes off this little beauty. All at the price of a mediocre chardonnay from most of the world, you get true classic Chablis.

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2013 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet" ($19.99)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is plenty of smoky reduction to the citrus and floral-suffused nose that is so transparent that you can easily sense the minerality. There is excellent intensity to the racy, stony and energetic flavors that are bit finer and more complex and this really shows on the lingering finale." (10/2015)

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

This Chablis has super broad appeal with an inviting lemon-lime nose and hint of white flowers. The palate shows plenty of stone fruit notes and the mouthfeel offers a silky rich texture. A super great value!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

Killer value here in an easy to drink and delicious Chablis. This has rich flowery aromas of apple blossoms and ripe chardonnay fruit. The weighty mid-palate is filled with stone fruits and a lanolin texture that leads to a seamless finish of talc-like mineral.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

An excellent 1er Cru value from one of our favorite producers in Chablis! La Chablisienne is a very well-run co-op, working with some of the better growers in Chablis to produce top-quality wines in every vintage. 2013 was a bit more austere in character as a whole, but this Lechet bottling shows surprisingly round orchard fruits, and a pleasant palate weight. The aromas are stony and floral, with an underlying chalky mineral note.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

A great value, this is a very easy drinking Chablis, with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel. Delicate aromas of vanilla, almond and lemon, with bright acidity and a clean finish with lingering minerality. This Chablis would stand up to any seafood or light poultry dish.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 15, 2017

Not typically a Chablis guy, but this one has an awesome creamy texture that gives it that extra "it" factor I look for in Chardonnay. Great mouth feel, soft fruit, sign me up.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Heady with honeysuckle, the 2013 "Côte de Léchet" is bright, showing classic citrus and lush stonefruit while maintaining taut acidity. Food-friendly and wildly impressive for the price, this La Chablisienne release is a perfect balance of gorgeous chalk and creamy texture, and already deliciously drinkable.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Absolutely delicious Chablis with more than enough vim and vigor to go around. Lemon and lime, white nectarine, chalky minerality, energetic acidity, lush texture on the palate and a persistent finish. Have some friends over and serve with a wheel of Epoisses and your favorite fish, veal, or chicken dish.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Simply put: one of the great values in white wine at K&L, and one of the raciest, freshest, and complex white Burgundies for the money. Getting the chance to work with La Chablisienne is a dream for us at K&L because it gives us access to some of the best wines in Chablis for prices that still seem unreal. The co-op produces all their wines the same way (from over a dozen different vineyards), with clean fruit and little oak, so their line-up reflects one of the most accurate and unadulterated expressions of pure Chablis terroir available. The Cote de Lechet from 2013 is a wine that really showcases the mineral-rich and chalky soils of the premier cru level site. There are flavors of wet stone and talc underneath a vibrant core of stone fruit and citrus. In many ways, Chablis is the last real hold out for top value in Burgundy and the fact that we're working directly with La Chablisienne only adds to that value proposition. This is a must-buy wine for me.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2017

On the left bank of the Serein river, near the villages of Milly, lies the Ier Cru Vineyard Cote de Lechet. I loved the 2012 from La Chablisienne and the 2013 is a nice follow-up! This is a classic styled Chablis with flavors of wet stone, some earthy, chalky components, racy acidity and a long lingering finish.

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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" ($26.99)

95 points Decanter: "An exuberant, complex nose packed full of exotic fruits, asparagus and elderflower with well integrated oak. The palate has a very strong fruity expression with an oily depth and harmony and very impressive length.. All the pieces of the Chablis puzzle are in place here." (06/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is usually the case this is more elegant, particularly on the floral and white orchard fruit suffused nose that is nuanced by plenty of classic Chablis elements and in particular mineral reduction. There is also a bit more volume to the caressing, intense and voluminous flavors that drip with minerality on the refined but powerful finale where a discreet touch of wood arises. This offers ample development potential and should be lovely with time." (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sometimes blended with grapes from the Fourchaume Premier Cru, this Vaulorent bottled on its own is a bit crispbright with citrus and toasty from wood aging. It will develop slowly over several years, so drink from 2019." (06/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent has a rounded, quite rich (for the vintage) bouquet with peach skin and grapefruit scents, perhaps missing the mineralité of some of its peers. The palate is well balanced and packed full of fruit: white peach, persimmon and green apple. The acidity is very well judged and there is plenty of tension on the satisfying, harmonious finish. This is a delicious, flavor-packed Vaulorent that should age with style and panache. (NM)" (08/2016)

K&L Notes: La Chablisienne is the largest producer in all of Chablis, possibly accounting for up to 35% of the entire production in Chablis. This cooperative has transcended the conventional cooperative model and has become a reference-point producer for numerous Chablis vineyards. To still be able to offer several 2014 vintage Chablis from one of the greatest white Burgundy vintages ever is a treat.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2017

The Vaulorent vineyard lies on the right bank of the Serein river, adjacent to the Grand Cru vineyard Preuse. This wine has a mouthwatering texture, flavors of wet stone, lime and minerals. It has wonderful length and could even benefit with a few years in a cellar!

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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has a clean, detailed bouquet with attractive white flower scents marrying with the citrus peel, nectarine and granite aromas. The palate is fresh and detailed, saline in the mouth with a precise and intense finish that is both complex and delicious. This really exploits the precocity of the Valmur vineyard and it comes highly recommended. (NM)" (08/2016)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 13, 2017

The La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" greets you with a fresh bouquet of lemon peel, apple blossom, minerals and a hint of baked apple. Right there I know I am in for a striking glass of wine. It does not disappoint! The acidity is persistent without being overpowering and the chalky soils give this wine a wonderful complexity, allowing the Chardonnay grape to really sing. A perfect day would be some seared scallops and a couple of bottles of "Valmur"!!!

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2017

The Valmur is a serious wine for a not so serious price! This is a rich, broad wine in the mouth, with a nearly exotic bouquet. Still the backbone shows wonderful acidity and length. I would love to put a few bottles away and taste them in 5+ years from now.

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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" ($44.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros does not quite possess the complexity and nuance of the Les Preuses this year, although it is still well defined with candied orange peel coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, a touch of spice on the tip of the tongue and plenty of salinity. I would just like to see more precision and mineral tones to come through on the finish that does not quite complete what could have been a fine Bougros. Give it 2-3 years in bottle. (NM)" (08/2016)