2014 La Chablisiènne Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre" 1er Cru

SKU #1288612 95 points Decanter

 Very refined and elegant-a great example of Kimmeridigian terroir. Refined and aristocratic. Keep this for a decade if you can. Hints of lime, orange zest and shellfish with the wood very restrained and a mineral finish. Exudes class. (AH)  (5/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Situated next to the Grand Cru vineyards, this Premier Cru has produced a rich, concentrated and beautifully dense wine. Its rich, creamy texture is enhanced by bright acidity and underlying power. Touches wood aging show through in its spiciness. Drink from 2019.  (4/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough wood to notice framing the cool aromas that combine notes of citrus, white flowers and mineral reduction. Here too there is a refined mouth feel to the delicious and attractively textured flavors that are at once generous yet reasonably precise, all wrapped in a mildly austere if persistent finish that isn't quite as complex as that of the Vaulorent plus the wood needs to more completely integrate.  (10/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a stern and stony bouquet, very Chablis in style, intense and a bit mean maybe. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, hints of apricot and fresh white peach; there is great tension here that lends to the focus and penetration. With the salinity kicking in on the finish, this forms a great little Montée de Tonnerre that should age nicely over 8-10 years. (NM)  (8/2016)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
This isn't the most expensive of the 2014 Chablisienne Premier Crus--but it is the best. Beautiful and intense nose. Tropical hints stand out. On the palate, there is plenty of that characteristic Chablisienne richness with concentrated fruit flavors. Rounded on the edges, yet ends with a focused, linear finish. Whew. Man, that's good.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2017 | Send Email
This is intense, chiseled and saline with plenty of deep fruit and oyster shell to modulate the subtle wood influence. There is plenty of raw material in this big wine that just needs to settle down a bit.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2017 | Send Email
Montee de Tonnerre is my favorite vineyard in all of Chablis and this 2014 expression from La Chablisienne is my favorite of the vintage (it's also the best priced!). It's everything I love about Chablis wrapped up in the most perfect package, from the bold and zippy acidity on the first sip, to the symphony of chalk, minerality, and richness on the finish from the touch of oak maturation. I could drink this wine every single day and always find something new, while never tiring of what's already familiar. This is a desert island wine.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2017 | Send Email
Lovely pure and fairly powerful Chablis showing very classic chalk soil influence and lovely rich fruits. The fantastic angular structure is a delight and at a price that is ridiculously low for Premier Cru Chablis.
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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, M√Ęcon, 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.