2015 La Chablisienne Chablis "La Sereine"

SKU #1345229 Decanter

 Taut and focused with a restrained cooked apple and pear nose and a multi-layered grapefruit and stone fruit palate.  (7/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis la Sereine comes from 20-year-old vines and spent 12 months on the fine lees in stainless steel. It has a tightly wound, smoky bouquet,with just a slight reduction that works well. The palate is well balanced with (again) a touch of reduction on the entry, which seems to creep up and smother the tension as the wine aerates. La Chablisienne is the major cooperative in Chablis. That fact alone might put some people off their wines. It should not. The quality here is miles better than it was just a decade ago and while the entry level wines at village cru level appear to be compromised by the warmth of the growing season, once you broach the premier cru and grand crus, you might be surprised by the quality. All of these wines were tasted blind with the BIVB. The most successful crus are the Côte de Léchet, Montée de Tonnerre, Les Preuses and the Château Grenouilles. La Chablisienne might not have the cachet of producers like Raveneau or Dauvissat; however, as an introduction to Chablis and as an introduction to some of its finest vineyards, this is a good place to start. So, well done to winemaker Vincent Bartement.(NM)  (8/2017)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.