2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1308283 90 points Decanter

 Yellow citrus married with some exotic hints of mango. Pure, tensile and edgy with bright acids and good grip on the moderate finish.  (5/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bringing together old vines from a number of the Chablisienne cooperative's vineyards, this wine is concentrated and finely structured. Its rich creamed apple and tangy orange zest flavors are lit by acidity and a mineral edge. Drink from 2018. (RV)  (6/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* From 50+ year old vines that see 18 months of élevage. There is loads of Chablis character to the citrus and green fruit suffused nose that leads to solidly concentrated flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the minerally finish. This is classic Chablis in style and should age well over the short to medium-term. Drink: 2019+  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis les Venerables Vieilles Vignes comes from 50-year-old vines. It was showing a pleasant reduction on the nose. It works well here and does not obscure tension and typicité. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with hints of mandarin and citrus lemon. The wine is harmonious and well balanced with a touch of white peach enhancing the finish. Enjoy this over the next 5-7 years. (NM)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2017 | Send Email
I thought this wine was amazingly good for the price last vintage and in the 2014 I am even more blown away. Seriously, this is fantastic Chablis for the price. The Venerables showcases a richer rounder style with plenty of ripe orchard fruit, some melon, touches of oak and spice that are still completely balanced by acidity. There is some lovely minerality here has well to add to the complexity and balance of this wine. Easily able to stand up to some heartier dishes this wine also can simply be enjoyed on its own.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2017 | Send Email
The “Les Venerables” from La Chablisienne is a selection of “old vines” from a variety of different vineyards. Average age of the vines used for this blend is 50 years old. The 2014 is very rich and broad in the mouth. It has a creamy, ripe core of fruit and a long,fleshy finish. I would not guess this as a 2014 vintage as it almost comes across as a 2015 with its high level of ripeness. Very delicious!

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2017 | Send Email
Great value - riper fruited and texturous, this Chablisienne appears to carry more weight to it than its siblings. Delicious and crisp with ripe bruised apple and pear notes.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2017 | Send Email
This is, to my palate, the best of the 2014 La Chablisienne wines on offer right now. There is a beautifully integrated leesy quality here, but less pronounced than the Mont de Milieu, and the fruit profile still shows classic citrus, but unlike the La Sereine, it veers more toward juicy orchard fruits that give the impression of roundness while avoiding richness. Sweet honey and chalky minerality are both present toward the back end, which, along with the bracing acidity, create a compelling tension that draws the finish out to a very satisfying length. This one is versatile enough to pair with oysters, mussels, flaky white fish, or hell, even fried fish and chips!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2017 | Send Email
I love the richness and the saltiness that comes from this old vine expression from La Chablisienne - my favorite direct import from Chablis. I drink a lot of white wine, mostly from Burgundy, and this particular 2014 caught my fancy (and got my credit card into serious trouble). It has a beautiful balance of white fruit, racy acidity, and texture from the richness of the concentrated old vine grapes. I could wax poetically about all of the Chablisienne wines because each of them represents the uniqueness of a vineyard site. In the case of the Les Venerables, you get the added bonus of complexity from the ancient vines.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2017 | Send Email
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Fantastic value in an older vine rich Chablis, the Venerables really shows a great density and weight with a fantastic Chablis stone to the mid palate. Pure and clean with a truly classic Chablis 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.