2016 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu"

SKU #1372595 97 points Decanter

 Beguiling toasted nut, oak and camembert nose. The palate backs up the bouquet with a rapier thrust of intense mineral, earthy and savoury herbal tones. This is an outstanding elite wine that's perfectly balanced and gifted with both the complexity and class that mark it out as the very best. *Platinum Award Winner 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards*  (6/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Fresh and spicy aromas with a very composed array of bright elegant white peaches and nectarines. The palate has attractive taut acidity, holding freshness and length. Toasted hazelnuts and lime marmalade to close. Drink or hold.  (8/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a massive 5 ha parcel). A moderately exotic nose offers up notes of dried apricot and white peach along with good Chablis typicity. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors that exude evident minerality on the lemony, persistent and very dry but not really austere finale. This well-chiseled effort should drink well young and with 5 to 8 years of bottle age. Worth considering.  (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Honeyed nose over really seriously tense and exciting stuff. Excellent tension. Long. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

95 points Tim Atkin (MW): "Made from a large parcel of 4.5 hectares, this barrel-fermented Premier Cru from one of the right bank’s best sites sees 10% new barrels. The oaking is very sensitively done, as it always is chez Pinson, with restrained fruit for a south-facing vineyard. Textured and refreshing, with creamy lees and tangy minerality. 2019-26." (01/2018)


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2019 | Send Email
Drinking this wine makes me feel like I'm outside on a sunny morning after a big snow storm, breathing in the cool, crisp air, and appreciating how everything smells and looks so clean. Bright notes of lemon rind, white nectarine, and crushed shells give this wine its beautiful aromatic qualities, invigorating acidity awakens the palate and the saline finish lingers on and on. This is a precise and pristine first-class Chablis.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2019 | Send Email
What a pleasant surprise! This lovely Chablis is punching far above it's weight, and drinking more like a Grand Cru. There's a perfect combination of richness, weight and concentration that strikes a good balance with the crisp, citrus-driven mineral backbone of the wine. The finish is clean and strong, and I don't doubt that it has years of aging potential ahead.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2019 | Send Email
Stunning! The 2016 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu" easily competes with Grand Cru Chablis that are 2-3 times the price. Vivid aromas of lemon crème, hazelnuts, sea breeze and citrus zest whaff gracefully from the glass. The palate is electric with intense lemon, iodine, chalk and mineral notes. Complex and multi-faceted this is an ideal 1er Cru that punches way above its weight-class.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2022

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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.