2013 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Château Grenouilles"

SKU #1315940 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An overtly exotic nose features a broad-ranging array of pear, apple, white peach and ocean breeze scents that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent volume and fine intensity to the lush and very round medium weight plus flavors that possess fine power, concentration and plenty of mouth coating extract, all wrapped in a citrus-inflected, balanced and impressively persistent finale. This is the best wine in the range in 2013 that again should be accessible young but reward a few years of cellaring as well.  (10/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Château Grenouilles has a clean and precise, chalky nose that needs a little encouragement from the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, just a dab of lemongrass lending tension but perhaps missing the vigour of La Chablisienne's other, generally very commendable Grand Crus. Drink over the next decade.(NM)  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

La Chablisienne is the largest producer in all of Chablis, possibly accounting for up to 35% of the entire production in Chablis. This cooperative has transcended the conventional cooperative model and has become a reference-point producer for numerous Chablis vineyards.

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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.