2014 Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Domaine Sainte Claire"

SKU #1233231 92 points Decanter

 Ripe lemon and apple crumble with a real sense of minerality. A bright and energetic palate with fine fruit persistence and weight and an overlaying mineral presence. An elegant and accomplished wine.  (7/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 #47 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015!! A textbook flinty aroma gives way to green apple, lemon and mineral flavors in this white, which shows fine depth and richness, offset by vibrant acidity. Excellent length. Drink now through 2020.  (11/2015)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This was initially backward and required a bit of swirling to open the nose to reveal a softly fruit array of aromas that carry ample Chablis character. There is good energy to the saline and citrus-infused middle weight flavors that terminate in a notably dry but not austere finish. Note that this should mature relatively quickly.  (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis les Domaine Sainte Claire has a slight reduction on the nose that is quite pleasant and still allows the chalky scents to filter through. The palate is well balanced with fresh lime and quince on the entry, a nice edginess here with a punchy, spicy finish that yells "seafood!" Partner with some fruits de mer and you'll be onto a winner. (NM)  (8/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (organically made; from three parcels; recently bottled): Light yellow. Deeply pitched nectarine and peach on the nose, with hints of flowers and marzipan. Fatter and broader in the mouth, showing more texture and fruit than the basic Chablis bottling but could still use greater clarity and cut. More volume and salinity here. (ST)  (8/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 Named after the church just next to the Brocard winery, this is a fresh, crisp and intensely fruity wine. Pure apples and lemons, lively and fragrant, just shine here. It’s a wine to drink now, or to age a few months.  (10/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2016 | Send Email
A perennial favorite of mine; I think Brocard makes some of the finest Chablis going. The "Sainte Claire" bottling allows you to taste the work of a master at a very economical price. Pure, focused, tons of energy and drive. Quintessential Chablis flavors with a little something extra that hard to pin down...je ne sais quoi...
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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2016 | Send Email
Expressing a classic dusty Chablis nose, the entry is fresh and juicy with lemon and crisp yellow apples notes. The mouthfeel shows a generous body with creamy texture off set by streaks of oyster-esqe salinity that develop in the palate to a very balanced and satisying finish - a total bargain at $19.99.

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