2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent"

SKU #1315933 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is usually the case this is more elegant, particularly on the floral and white orchard fruit suffused nose that is nuanced by plenty of classic Chablis elements and in particular mineral reduction. There is also a bit more volume to the caressing, intense and voluminous flavors that drip with minerality on the refined but powerful finale where a discreet touch of wood arises. This offers ample development potential and should be lovely with time.  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sometimes blended with grapes from the Fourchaume Premier Cru, this Vaulorent bottled on its own is a bit crisp—bright with citrus and toasty from wood aging. It will develop slowly over several years, so drink from 2019.  (6/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaulorent has a rounded, quite rich (for the vintage) bouquet with peach skin and grapefruit scents, perhaps missing the mineralité of some of its peers. The palate is well balanced and packed full of fruit: white peach, persimmon and green apple. The acidity is very well judged and there is plenty of tension on the satisfying, harmonious finish. This is a delicious, flavor-packed Vaulorent that should age with style and panache.(NM)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
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Who doesn't want Premier Cru Chablis for $30! The La Chablisienne Vaulorent is just another wonderful example of how the price of a beautiful bottle does not have to be extreme. Plenty of richness from some wood ageing and lovely fine minerals compliment the peachy fruit laced with citrus and lime leaf notes. Drink soon or over 5 years for a real treat
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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.