2010 Chateau de Maligny Chablis "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1123011 89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding!* Iodine, oyster shell, citrus peel and tidal pool aromas give way to overtly austere, crisp and beautifully well-detailed saline-infused flavors that, like several of the wines in the range, could be from nowhere else but Chablis. I quite like this as it's balanced, intense and offers up buckets of Chablis character and while there is not presently great complexity, this should reward the patient in time.  (9/ 2012)

K&L Notes

From Jean Durup's oldest vines. Half were planted in 1905, and an additional third planted in 1926! The "young" vines in this cuvee was planted 68 years ago. The old vine concentration and minerality here is truly profound. Only our direct import makes this price possible! (Ketih Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2013  | Send Email
Maturity is not instantly acquired in individuals, nations or wines, and the 'Old World'— France to be precise, stretching back in antiquity beneath the footfall of vanquished armies, peasants and priests commingling with the even earlier barnacled abodes of ancient bivalves and ammonites, often remains a very good place to plant vines and grow grapes. Chablis, a limpidly harmonious wine of delineation, cut and clarity remains the perfect companion to a plateful of freshly-vanquished oysters, and that of Chateau de Maligny, with some expressive vines rootbound for a century or more, delivers a perfect unanimity of salinity, floral aromatics and lively citrus focus. Hold your ear to the glass and you might hear the sea.....
Top Value!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/13/2013  | Send Email
Great villages level Chablis for less than $20? Yes! From a distinguished vineyard where the YOUNGEST vines were planted in 1945. That old vine character really shines through in this classic expression of Chablis. Lightly floral nose. Superb mineral character with lively citrus notes. Wonderful midpalate weight and ripeness. Superb focus and character. These 2010's are just such a joy to drink. If you are a lover of fine Chablis as I am you ought to be buying this by the case. If you have yet to enjoy this particular expression of the storied Chardonnay grape, then this is your chance.

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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.