2012 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Château Grenouilles"

SKU #1276570 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Soft but not invisible wood sets off a ripe mix of mineral reduction, white and yellow orchard fruit, seaweed and tidal pool nuances. There is exceptionally good richness to the generously proportioned and impressively well-concentrated flavors that coat the palate on the imposingly scaled finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose resurfaces. Note that this will need time to develop but it should be terrific in time.  (10/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 La Chablisienne owns the major part of the Grenouilles Grand Cru, centered on a winery called Château Grenouilles. This wine is powerful and still very young. It has weight and structure along with ripe, generous fruits that are typical of this vineyard. Touched by vanilla from wood aging, it is balancing out now. Drink from 2018. (RV)  (10/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted on two occasions, the 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Chateau Grenouilles is probably the best offering from La Chablisenne this year. It comes from 7.19 hectares (equivalent to 80% of the grand cru) of 40-year-old vines and spends 20 months in stainless steel and wooden barrels. The nose is very well-defined and harmonious with subtle white peach, citrus peel and pear-drop scents that are all quite seductive. The palate is very well-balanced with well-judged acidity. There is good weight on the mid-palate while the finish has very good weight and focus, even if it requires a few years for the oak to be fully assimilated. Very fine. (NM)  (8/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and fleshy, this evokes peach, apple, honey and vanilla flavors, with accents of smoke and lanolin. Balanced and long. (BS, Web-2015)

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