2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet"

SKU #1349472 95 points Decanter

 Flowers with a bit of lemon curd on the nose, giving way to a lively palate with white flowers, herbs and a fine-grained mineral seam running through to the racy, spicy finish.  (7/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine comes from one of the coolest Premier Cru vineyards, giving it an initial austerity that then fills out as the wine breathes. It's crisp and bright with white fruit and intense, lemony acidity. Age it for a few more months and drink from 2018. (RV)  (6/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A spicy and super-fresh array of citrus, pear and tidal pool serves as an elegant introduction to the impressively intense and precise middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the lingering and complex finale where a hint of austerity surfaces. Lovely. Drink: 2020+ *Outstanding*  (10/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Cote de Lechet has real stoniness and terroir expression on the nose, a little lean but very focused. The palate is well balanced and does not quite deliver the terroir expression of the aromatics, but it is nicely balanced with hints of ginger and citrus lemon on the finish that fans out gently. This may improve with another 12-24 months in bottle. (NM)  (8/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Tart green apple flavors keep this wine tense and youthfully grippy, releasing floral notes of lees as it opens with air. This is a salty Chablis with generous fullness in the middle, well suited to three or four years of development.  (4/2018)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
When I think of Chablis I usually imagine a wine with green notes, chiseled, steely with granite chips crunching across my tongue but this wine is that…but shows much, much more. The 2014 vintage is the vintage to give Chablis another try or your first try, the wines are just incredible and pretty much across the board, but this wine is an insane bargain. The nose is utterly complex, stone fruits and stone waft out of the glass, yes actual rock, and the wet stone is a dominant character here but so entirely engulfed in the baked fruit character it adds a tremendous plus. On the palate this wine seems to have Grand Cru density, full, complex, rich yet still vibrant and balanced. The flavors are savory more than fruity and show lots of life and vibrancy. The finish is classic Chablis, excellent acidity but coupled with a density, richness and show superb balance. This will be going in my cellar!
Drink from 2018 to 2024

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
If I'm looking for a bottle of refined, over-performing, old-world Chardonnay at K&L, the first thing I check is to see if we have any Chablisienne left, specifically the 2014s. Coming from one of the world's great value producers, this co-op seems to over-deliver year-to-year and deserves its best-seller status. Case in point is their 2014 "Côte de Léchet." Slightly up the road from Vaillons and Montmains, it is a bit more under the radar, but delivers in spades in this famed vintage. Focused citrus and bright red apple on the nose leads to an impeccably balanced and seamless palate that reflects the citrus notes and pairs with stone fruit and a subtle minerality. It also carries an impressively seamless texture, something that I adore in great bottlings from Chablisienne. For my tastes, it'll be hard to find a better bottle of Chardonnay in the store for this price, but I expect this parcel won't last long.

Staff Image By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
Rich, ripe, and wonderfully balanced this gorgeous 2014 is precisely what I look for in a classic bottle of Chablis. It tilts ever so slightly towards the fruitier side of Chablis, but in the best way possible. Accents of pear and green apple are joined by more exotic tones of ginger, quince, and melon. Medium-bodied and with great composure, this is easily one the finest 2014 white Burgundies I've had. Like any top-tier Chablis this premier cru bottling is a delight to drink on its own, but also has the spine and minerality to pair quite nicely with a wide array of seafood dishes. For the price, you simply won't do much better than this absolute stunner.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
Showing great drive and precision, this is textbook Chablis from one of the strongest vintages for white Burgundy in recent memory. Green apple, lemon peel, stony minerality and a flash of baking spice on the finish. There aren't many '14s available in the market right now and even fewer with a price-tag under $30, which makes this a unique opportunity to stock-up on top vintage Chablis for a song.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
This wine offers up a ton of rich citrus fruit, minerality and subtle spice notes with an underlying power that slowly unfurls as the wine comes to life in the glass. A rich and powerful Chablis that has impressive intensity of fruit and minerality.

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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.
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.