2015 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent"

SKU #1399747 92 points Decanter

 Rich but precise and forthright lime and apple nose. The palate has a fresh, bright attack and combines concentration with tension and minerality. Well balanced and will age well. Drinking Window 2017 - 2026. (SB)  (10/2016)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A slightly more complex nose displays notes of white flowers, pear, apple, mineral reduction and oyster shell nuances. The refined, cool and solidly well-concentrated flavors possess both good minerality as well as energy while offering slightly better persistence on the well-balanced finale. Lovely. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (10/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaulorent comes from 30-year-old vines and sees 15 months in stainless steel and oak barrel. It has an attractive, waxy, orange blossom and honeysuckle-scented nose, with an underlying mineralité that I think will develop with bottle age. The palate is well balanced, with a waxy texture opening, a fine bead of acidity and a smooth, almond and nutmeg-tinged finish that lingers nicely. No, not quite up there with the Montée de Tonnerre but a fine Vaulorent that will give several years of drinking pleasure. (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, M√Ęcon, 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.