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2009 Château de Maligny Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"

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Montee de Tonnerre is my favorite 1er Cru in Chablis. There is something about the raciness of this site that brings out that crisp, mineral-driven character that is unmistakably Chablis. Showing just a bit more richness from the perfect growing season, this has all the hallmarks of great Chablis, with oyster shells, citrus and bright acidity. WOW (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2011 | Send Email
A absolutely classic Chablis, and a 1er Cru at that too! An amazing value.

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2011 | Send Email
Wow, wow, wow! This is an amazing expression of Chablis. Lovely minerality with a super crisp finish. Try this with an seafood dish and you are in for a treat. $26.99 is a absolute steal for this wine.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2011 | Send Email
Cotton Candy, ripe fruit, intense acidity and a beautiful underlying salinity. A lovely and affordable example of top notch 1er Cru Chablis

Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2011 | Send Email
The quintesential Chablis. Tons of zippy acidity backed by some killer minerality and that awesome oyster shell component. If you like Chablis you'd be silly to miss this one. Don't be silly!

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2010 | Send Email
The quintessential oyster wine! I can't wait to pop a bottle of this with fresh king crab legs for my Holiday parties! Like rain on wet stone stones this is chalk full of minerals with bright, racy acid an citrus. This is a one of a kind for an amazing price!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2010 | Send Email
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All of you need to go to Auxerre, at the mouth of the valley that leads into Chablis, and to the village of Chablis. You will look at the south-facing hillsides outside of Chablis with its scrawny vines facing you that are planted in what appears to be beach sand dunes, and ask yourself, as I did when I saw this for the first time, how do these vines grow in this ground? Well, they do and they provide the unique character to the Chardonnay, that is called Chablis, flavor characteristics that are found nowhere else in France, let alone the world. It is an amazing place, and the French, in their amazing way of thinking, classify the top of those hillsides as “Grand Cru,” the middle of those hillsides as “Premier Cru,” and all the rest as whatever they want. One of my favorite Chablis, particularly in a great vintage as 2009, is the Premier Cru site of Montee de Tonnerre. Classic, great Chablis comes from this site and it sort of puts to question the classification level, specially when the Chateau De Maligny 2009 Montee de Tonnerre can be considered in the same quality context as a “Grand Cru” site. Focused seashell to limestone tones are readily evident in the nose and across its structured, mouthwatering set of flavors and finish. This is a great Chablis in a classic sense and should not be missed. The Bean wants this as our house white forever.(Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2020

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.