2013 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet"

SKU #1285470 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is plenty of smoky reduction to the citrus and floral-suffused nose that is so transparent that you can easily sense the minerality. There is excellent intensity to the racy, stony and energetic flavors that are bit finer and more complex and this really shows on the lingering finale.  (10/2015)

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
This Chablis has super broad appeal with an inviting lemon-lime nose and hint of white flowers. The palate shows plenty of stone fruit notes and the mouthfeel offers a silky rich texture. A super great value!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
Killer value here in an easy to drink and delicious Chablis. This has rich flowery aromas of apple blossoms and ripe chardonnay fruit. The weighty mid-palate is filled with stone fruits and a lanolin texture that leads to a seamless finish of talc-like mineral.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
An excellent 1er Cru value from one of our favorite producers in Chablis! La Chablisienne is a very well-run co-op, working with some of the better growers in Chablis to produce top-quality wines in every vintage. 2013 was a bit more austere in character as a whole, but this Lechet bottling shows surprisingly round orchard fruits, and a pleasant palate weight. The aromas are stony and floral, with an underlying chalky mineral note.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
A great value, this is a very easy drinking Chablis, with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel. Delicate aromas of vanilla, almond and lemon, with bright acidity and a clean finish with lingering minerality. This Chablis would stand up to any seafood or light poultry dish.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2017 | Send Email
Not typically a Chablis guy, but this one has an awesome creamy texture that gives it that extra "it" factor I look for in Chardonnay. Great mouth feel, soft fruit, sign me up.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2017 | Send Email
Heady with honeysuckle, the 2013 "Côte de Léchet" is bright, showing classic citrus and lush stonefruit while maintaining taut acidity. Food-friendly and wildly impressive for the price, this La Chablisienne release is a perfect balance of gorgeous chalk and creamy texture, and already deliciously drinkable.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2017 | Send Email
Absolutely delicious Chablis with more than enough vim and vigor to go around. Lemon and lime, white nectarine, chalky minerality, energetic acidity, lush texture on the palate and a persistent finish. Have some friends over and serve with a wheel of Epoisses and your favorite fish, veal, or chicken dish.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2017 | Send Email
Simply put: one of the great values in white wine at K&L, and one of the raciest, freshest, and complex white Burgundies for the money. Getting the chance to work with La Chablisienne is a dream for us at K&L because it gives us access to some of the best wines in Chablis for prices that still seem unreal. The co-op produces all their wines the same way (from over a dozen different vineyards), with clean fruit and little oak, so their line-up reflects one of the most accurate and unadulterated expressions of pure Chablis terroir available. The Cote de Lechet from 2013 is a wine that really showcases the mineral-rich and chalky soils of the premier cru level site. There are flavors of wet stone and talc underneath a vibrant core of stone fruit and citrus. In many ways, Chablis is the last real hold out for top value in Burgundy and the fact that we're working directly with La Chablisienne only adds to that value proposition. This is a must-buy wine for me.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2017 | Send Email
On the left bank of the Serein river, near the villages of Milly, lies the Ier Cru Vineyard “Cote de Lechet”. I loved the 2012 from La Chablisienne and the 2013 is a nice follow-up! This is a classic styled Chablis with flavors of wet stone, some earthy, chalky components, racy acidity and a long lingering finish.

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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.