2015 La Chablisienne Chablis "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1388128 90 points Decanter

 From vines at least 30 years old. Bright lime nose, lean and precise with raciness and charm. Quite pungent but no greenness, though it has a tangy sweet and sour finish. Quite long. Drinking Window 2017 - 2024. (SB)  (10/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there are notes of citrus along with those of pear and apple though not much obvious Chablis character. There is both good volume and mid-palate density to the round, punchy and mouth coating flavors that offer acceptable depth and length. Note that this still had not been bottled at the time of my June 2017 visit. *Outstanding*  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis les Venerables Vieilles Vignes is maybe a bit misleading since the vines average 35 years old—they're mature, but there are countless older parcels in the region. It spent 14 months on the lees in both stainless steel and oak barrels. It has a simple, slightly waxy bouquet that opens nicely in the glass, traces of granite developing with aeration and a touch of blackcurrant leaf. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity: very spicy in the mouth at first, although it calms down toward a harmonious finish. Enjoy this over the next three or four years. (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, 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.