2014 Domaine Long-Dépaquit (Bichot) Chablis Grand Cru "La Moutonne"

SKU #1297423 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (2.35 ha monopole that spans a parcel of vines situated in both Vaudésir and Preuses though 95% of it is in Vaudésir. The site is protected from the wind and often gives very ripe wines; <25% new wood) This is restrained to the point of being all but mute aromatically with only hints of mineral reduction in evidence. There is outstanding volume and mid-palate concentration to the textured full-bodied flavors that exhibit fine power and drive, all wrapped in a palate coating, intense and hugely long finish. This is a seriously impressive effort and clearly the best of these grands crus. Drink: 2024+  (10/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Very closed nose hints at wet stone, flint, anise, grilled almond and hazelnut. Hugely rich and concentrated, conveying a powerful impression of dry extract to its flavors of yellow fruits, flowers and saline iodiney minerality. It's hard to scrape this big, mouthfilling wine (13% alcohol) off your palate. Finishes full, broad and very long, with terrific energy and lift. Classic grand cru Chablis with superb aging potential. (ST)  (7/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Burgfest annual tasting, the 2014 Chablis Grand Cru La Moutonne from Long-Depaquit was showing a bit of reduction on the nose and despite coaxing only turned out to be rather muffled. The palate is quite sharp on the entry with sour lemon and a touch of orange rind, a light oyster shell note underneath. I suspect there is a very fine Chablis grand cru here but it will require three or four years in bottle to really show what it can do. It certainly appears to be enjoying an upward swing in bottle. (NM)  (10/2017)

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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

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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.