2014 Domaine Long-Depaquit (Albert Bichot) Chablis "Les Clos" Grand Cru

SKU #1289480 92-95 points Vinous

 (35% oak; still a touch of malic remaining; one-third of this wine is from a 2006 planting, one-third is from 40-year-old vines and one-third 50): Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very subtle aromas of fresh apple, hazelnut and powdered stone complicated by dried fruits, bitter almond and fresh herbs; shows a positive greenness. Quite dense and rich but remarkably weightless considering its superb breadth. Finishes very long and brisk, with dusty minerality and classic Chablis bitterness. The very small yield here brought more aromatic complexity than volume, noted Mangenot. (ST)  (8/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is some post-bottling sulfur on the otherwise attractive nose that offers up notes of honeysuckle, mineral reduction and oyster shell hints. As is typically the case the broad-shouldered flavors are bigger, richer and more powerful if not finer while delivering terrific punch on the explosively persistent and palate coating finale. This too will require a few years of cellaring to find its center but it is certainly extremely impressive. Drink: 2022+  (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Superb ripeness and fragrance, great citrus fruit clarity and a weighty but gentle palate. Crunchy, intense, tight. 17.5/20 points. (RH)  (1/2016)

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- 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.