2016 Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"

SKU #1397372 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 On the right bank of the river Serein, this premier cru produces a complex, flinty, steely style of wine. This vintage retains much of that texture while adding riper apricot and apple flavors. It is tight and still young. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (2/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is ripe, showing quince, apricot, orange and honey flavors. The texture is creamy, layered with lemon, mineral and spice notes on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2023. (BS)  (11/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 (vinified 50% in tank and 50% in foudre): Light-medium yellow. Nicely precise scents of lemon, lime and minerals. Classic, complex, elegant wine with a lovely combination of white nectarine, citrus fruit and crushed stone flavors. Finishes with good cut and minerality, and sneaky building length. This elegant wine boasts excellent stony energy for the year and really perfumes the mouth on the aftertaste. It should allow for early drinkability thanks to its balance. (ST)  (8/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a whiff of the exotic present on the otherwise very fresh aromas of white orchard fruit, orange peel and peach. On the palate the middle weight flavors possess more refinement if less concentration and power before concluding in a lingering apricot and lemon-infused finish that is sneaky long because just as it seems to be dying away, it reappears. Moreover I like the sense of underlying tension and while I wouldn't describe this notably dry and borderline tannic effort as classic due to the apricot element, it is certainly pretty.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points, Tim Atkin (MW): "Showing the power that’s typical of the Premier Cru, which is usually picked early chez Brocard, this foudre-fermented and aged Chablis this is another triumph over adversity in 2016. The oak is very subtle, allowing the stone fruit flavours and pithy acidity to dominate the palate. 2019-25." (01/2018)

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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.