2011 Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Sainte Claire"

SKU #1120072 87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is a bit riper with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, white flowers and a hint of sea breeze. There is good vibrancy to the rich, delicious and attractively textured flavors that terminate in a clean and dry finish. Like the Petit Chablis, this is not particularly complex but again, the delivery is frank and there is ample Chablis character. Drink 2014+.  (7/ 2012)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale, green-tinged yellow. Sexy aromas of mandarin orange, wild herbs and saline, oyster-shell minerality, plus a suggestion of brioche. Supple and broad on entry, then less sweet and showy in the middle than the village offering under the Domaine Sainte-Claire label. But this has more eclat and finishes with very good mineral-driven energy, along with an intriguing gingery nuance. A good example of biodynamically farmed vines that ripened nicely in 2011 without losing snap.  (7/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lemon, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered together nicely in the 2011 Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire. Tasted from tank, the 2011 possesses gorgeous vibrancy and brightness to match an energetic, polished, promising personality. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2013  | Send Email
This shows classic Chablis precision and focus, with oyster shell, fresh lemon and saline aromas and flavors lifted by top notes of flowering herb and a hint of spice. There is nice weight on the midpalate, and the wine finishes clean, fresh and satisfying. A great value in Chablis. With its brisk minerality this is a no-brainer for fresh shellfish, but it also has the fruit to make a nice pairing with light savory appetizers like crispy gougères or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

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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.