2013 La Chablisienne Chablis "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1276557 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Ripe but not really exotic aromas of pear and white peach are trimmed in a hint of wood. There is good concentration to the relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess good intensity on the extract-rich finish where a hint of bitter lemon arrives just at the last. This is really quite good for its level and should drink well both young and after a few years of bottle age.  (10/2015)

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 From vines at least 30 and up to 90 years old, this is the top of the Chablis range from La Chablisienne. Lightly wooded to bring out extra richness from the fruit, the wine has vanilla and honey as well as creamed apple and apricot fruits. The aftertaste is aromatic and fresh. (RV)  (10/2015)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2016 | Send Email
While there is plenty of brightness and minerality here, this particular bottling from the La Chablisienne co-op is a bit richer and more mouth-filling than most. A slightly more pronounced hint of oak offsets the notes of honey and ripe pear, even a hint of vanilla bean. On the palate the balance is exceptional, with comfortable acidity underlining the more linear notes within a rather rich framework. Beautiful concentration. Pair with sea scallops in brown butter.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Slightly oakier than typically lean Chablis, La Chablisienne "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes opens with a gorgeous honeysuckle nose that gives way to stone fruit through the palate with just a hint of brighter acid at the finish. Sourced from all old vines, with quality that’s vividly apparent from the first sip, this is a rich, complex Chardonnay at a stellar price.

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- 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.