2009 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1328738 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This has already eaten the majority of its wood treatment and while it is still not invisible it does not unduly interfere with the expressive and relatively high-toned nose of dried floral, citrus zest, wet stone and algae hints. As one would reasonably expect from a concentrated vintage like 2009, there is ample power to the mouth coating, rich and dense broad-shouldered flavors that possess a seductive texture from all of the dry extract that arrives with a rush on the balanced and superbly long finish. While this is a bit too ripe to merit being called "classic", it is really quite impressive all the same. Drink 2016+  (10/2011)

92 points Vinous

 The 2009 Chablis Les Clos is an expressive wine graced with exquisite inner perfume, layers of sumptuous fruit and an open, inviting personality. The Clos fleshes out nicely on the mid-palate and finish, showing plenty of site and vintage character. This is a terrific effort from Brocard. (AG)  (8/2011)

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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.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.