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2016 Domaine Besson Chablis

SKU #1364051 95 points Decanter

 Nutty, hay, sweet apple and mineral aromas soar from the glass. The palate is full and intense with soft milky notes, sweet lemon and pithy grapefruit tones, with a lifted fresh acidity to balance the fruit. Lots of finesse and layered from here. Finishes lengthily. *Gold Medal* (DWWA 2018)  (6/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis Villages, vinified entirely in stainless steel apart from 8% in wooden barrels, has a fresh, lemon thyme, slightly earthy bouquet that is well defined and focused. The palate is fresh from the start, with a twist of fresh lime—perhaps a little too much for a Chablis—yet there is still plenty of tension and energy conveyed on the finish. Definitely go for this over the Petit Chablis as there is a marked difference this year. (NM)  (8/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 The 2016 is a crisp vintage in Chablis and this bright, tangy wine reflects it. It has plenty of lemon acidity, orange zest and liveliness that has been partially smoothed out by some wood aging. (RV)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2018 | Send Email
I'm really loving the 2016s from Chablis, and this lovely offering from Domaine Besson is a perfect example of why. Fresh, clean, bright acidity, and the perfect touch of chalky minerality are all in play—just as they should be. What makes this 2016 extra special is its ripeness—it is less towards the lemon and green apple end of the Chablis spectrum, and more toward Anjou pear and melon. It is lush through the front and middle, but ends with a wonderful crispness. For the price, this is a really solid bottle of white Burgundy. Besson has crafted a wine that's delicious straight out of the gate, but will also age quite nicely for another five to ten years.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2018 | Send Email
What a beautiful Chablis for under $25! Loaded with savory notes as well as aromas of seashells, iodine and white flower. Orchard fruits and citrus notes dominate the palate as the wine seamlessly flows to a fresh and zesty finish. The perfect Chablis for entertaining or seafood that easily outperforms Chablis' twice the price.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2018 | Send Email
Hard to imagine Chablis that can be more alluring and complex at this price point! Powerful and deep, absolutely dry and wonderfully mineral, Besson has everything you like about Chablis. Citrus fruit, green apple and lots of mineral notes reminiscent of sea and seashells are singing and zinging on the nose and on the palate, creating bright and fresh flavor profile and long juicy finish. Great Chablis for hosting your holiday party or just enjoying it with Dungeness crab and oysters.

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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, 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.


- 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.