2012 La Chablisiènne Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"

SKU #1222360 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A touch of spice and vanilla from wood aging is balanced by ripe yellow fruits and honey. This wine is freshened by lime-juice acidity that gives a crisp texture. Behind all this fruit is a dense structure, weight and concentration. It’s a generous wine that will age further; drink from 2017.  (9/2015)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A touch of pain grillé adds breadth to the well-layered nose that is comprised by notes of apple, pear, sea breeze and iodine hints. The impressively dense and powerful medium weight plus flavors possess lovely intensity and seriously good length. This is not a classic Preuses in the sense that it's not especially refined (though it's not rustic either) but it does offer strikingly good depth and outstanding development potential if you have the patience to wait. Drink: 2022+  (10/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses comes from their 2.12 hectares of vine and sees 20 months in stainless steel and wooden barrels. It has a pretty and quite airy bouquet with apple blossom, lime flower, flint and light peachy aromas that are harmonious and engaging. The palate is well-balanced with a slightly honeyed entry, the acidity cutting through nicely, and it gradually builds to quite a rich, almost decadent honeyed finish. There is good substance and concentration here, and with bottle age hopefully it will gain a little finesse to combine that together. (NM)  (8/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Rich peach and melon flavors are shaded by vanilla and honey accents in this lightly oaked style. Harmonious, with a mouthwatering finish that echoes the spice and citrus notes. Drink now through 2019. 15 cases imported. (Web Only - 2015)

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