2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "Vaillons" 1er Cru

SKU #1276561 97 points Decanter

 Pure expression of mineral, flint, chalk, oyster shell, flowers and herbs. Creamy, well-structured and textured palate with pronounced cleansing acidity, power and energy, yet not without finesse. Bravo.  (5/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a rich wine with a warm character. It comes from vines in the heart of Chablis, facing the Grand Cru vineyards on the opposite side of the river. It's full bodied and ripe, with plenty of acidity to partner its yellow fruit. Drink from 2019.  (6/2017)

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)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin writes: "La Chablisienne is one of Chablis’ most high-profile cooperatives and a great success story. Founded back in 1923 and still going strong, it is said that they oversee approximately one-quarter of the region’s production, around 300 individual growers. Therefore, just like Georges Duboeuf in Beaujolais or Louis Jadot in the Cote d’Or, it is important that they maintain standards irrespective of high volumes, since their size ensures that they have an ambassadorial role for Chablis, for ordinary punters perhaps seeking to broaden their horizons."

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
This Co-op that we began working with last year has given us some of the best Chablis in their respective price points and the Vaillons is one of my favorites is one of my favorite offerings from them. Showcasing the amazing 2014 vintage the Vallions offers lovely citrus and floral notes on top of minerality and acid drive. There is a lovely balance at play between the fruit and minerality that are swept along and finished with the acid. Surprisingly complex, yet easy to enjoy this is really a fantastic wine.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2017 | Send Email
This an excellent example of clean and pure Chardonnay. All of the elements of nice bright fruit, mineral undertones and a clean crisp finish all come together.This wine offers complexity and value. It should pair well with seafood and grilled chicken.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2017 | Send Email
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As with all the 2014 Chablisienne Chablis I've tried, the Vaillons has a lovely rich and ripe character - somewhat bold for a Chablis but entirely delightful. Notes of citrus blossom and white spice linger on the surface and lots of the typical mineral qualities we expect from Chablis.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2017 | Send Email
The 1er cru offerings from La Chablisienne is where we begin to move from simple purity and deliciousness into the realms of serious complexity. The 2014 Vaillons offers the full gambit of textbook Chablis flavor from front to back: flint, lemon, oyster shell, crushed rocks, salt, and a bit of flowers on the finish. Buckle up because it's quite the ride!

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2016 | Send Email
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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

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.