2015 La Chablisienne "Dame Nature" Petit Chablis

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The "Petit Chablis" appellation forms the base of the Chablis appellation hierarchy. Situated on the plateaux in clay and limestone soil deriving from Portlandian geological times, the Petit Chablis constitute a panoply of wines whose expressions range from the fresh and lively with fruity aromas best enjoyed young, to dry, mineral wines enhanced by two or three years ageing.

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2016 | Send Email
From the foremost cooperative in Chablis, responsible for more than a quarter of all production annually in the region. The 2015 Chablisienne Dame Nature Petit Chablis is a product of one of the best of the recent vintages in Burgundy, and the quality here for the price is stunning. Crisp. Clean. Intensely mineral in expression. Admirable weight and texture. Achieves perfect ripeness. Hints of stone fruit – peach & nectarine. This is classic Chablis at a price you can afford to drink every day. Ideal on its own or paired with local seafood. Dungeness crab, anyone?

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2016 | Send Email
This is the style of Chardonnay that makes me forgive and forget. There’s a coruscating purity to well made Chablis, and if Chardonnay can do that, well then, quibbles aside, yes, I must confess I love it after all. The only thing Petit about this Chablis is its price. You have the characteristic minerality expressed as wet cobbles, with a saline edge, over which flow crisp notes of lemon, tangerine, and crushed cilantro. Taut and nervy, the palate shows just a glimmer of fruit sweetness countering the high tension aspect, giving it dimension and weight. Dynamic, racy, and exciting, “Mother Nature” sure did right by this, and la Chablisienne perfectly captured the results in a bottle.

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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.
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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.
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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.