2015 Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Domaine Sainte Claire"

SKU #1323398 90 points Wine Spectator

 A rich take on Chablis, yet with a salty tang to the apple, melon, yellow plum and lemon flavors. The chalky, minerally finish adds a sense of place. Drink now through 2020. (BS)  (11/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the expressive nose is slightly fresher and a bit more elegant as well if otherwise compositionally similar. There is once again a very attractive texture to the medium-bodied flavors that are supported by a citrus-tinged acid spine, all wrapped in a generous, lingering and balanced finish. This too should drink well young.  (8/2016)

Vinous

 Much more aromatic than the basic village bottling, offering scents of peach, lemon oil and fresh herbs. Fatter, rounder and more concentrated too, conveying an impression of lower acidity. These organically farmed 30-year-old vines generally produce 20% less crop, noted Julien Brocard. An attractive, easygoing wine with good length. (ST)  (7/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Named after the church which is next to the Brocard winery, this crisp fruity wine is lively with acidity, lemon and apple fruits and a light tangy texture. The wine becomes more ripe as it opens up showing peach and apricot flavors at the end. Drink now. (RV)  (12/2016)

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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.