2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1276561 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of white pepper, white flowers, mineral reduction and a hint of spice can be found on the airy nose. There is excellent intensity to the stony and racy flavors that terminate in a moderately austere finale. This is not an elegant Vaillons; indeed it is distinctly old school in style.  (10/2016)

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 vintage in Chablis might be the greatest since 2002 and the 2014 La Chablisienne “Vaillons” 1er Cru Chablis is the perfect example of this. It is almost unbelievable to think you can get Premier Cru fruit for under $20 and from a top vintage no less. Great cut and energy along with zesty citrus and mineral notes this pure Chablis is drinking wonderfully now and is one of the top values I have tasted from Chablis this year.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
It may begin to sound like a broken record, but 2014 is an incredible vintage for white Burgundy. Combine that with the superior quality of wines coming from the La Chablisienne co-op, and the verve of excellent fruit from the Vaillons vineyard, and you have a recipe for stunning Chablis. This bottle did not disappoint: fresh, pretty, and intensely aromatic, the wine already possesses layers of flavor with both tropical and orchard fruit, and a lingering finish.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Delicate straw yellow in color, with a faintly floral notes and zippy lemon fruit, this is a quenching, high-quality Chablis that’s already drinking beautifully now. A great option for the holidays, the 2014 La Chablisienne “Vaillons” will pair well with turkey and easily win fans with its racy but approachable style.

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.