2014 Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons les Minots"

SKU #1229601 93 points Wine Spectator

 This is intense, exhibiting lemon, Granny Smith apple, lanolin and mineral flavors, allied to a bracing structure. Clean and light-footed, with a long, lemon- and stone-infused aftertaste.  (10/2015)

89-92 points Vinous

 Pale green. Aromas of tangy orange zest, white flowers, crushed herbs and stone. Densely packed, silky and intense, showing lovely saline grip as well as a repeating crushed herb quality that's a bit atypical for Vaillons. Finishes salty and long, with excellent cut. This cuvée is always the highest in acidity and alcohol, noted Piuze, adding that it's carrying 4.8 g/l acidity and a low pH of 3.12. (ST)  (10/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons les Minots has a very open, generous, orange-blossom, apricot and papaya-scented bouquet that is very well defined. The palate is full of tropical-tinged fruit, very good acidity, quite citric on the finish that tapers in and prevents it from becoming blowsy. Long and persistent, this is a very fine Chablis from Patrick Piuze. (NM)  (8/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Working with a parcel of 70-year-old vines with full southern exposure, Piuze ferments and ages this wine in neutral oak barrels. It has the cidery tang of a natural wine, chalky and a little otherworldly in its complexity and concentrated citrus flavors. The structure is different from the other Piuze wines recommended here, but it’s an intriguing difference and worth following to see how it will age.  (4/2016)

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