2014 Maison Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu" 12-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1413429 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu was picked on September 16 and 17 and has one of the highest pH at 3.25. The bouquet is well defined with scents of acacia honey and even a little walnut developing with aeration in the glass. The palate is well balanced on the entry with orange rind and a slight waxy texture, although I was hoping for a little more weight and structure, but I think this is just a little clammed up for the moment. It's a very fine Mont de Milieu, but it needs 2-3 years to really show its mettle. (NM)  (8/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (Drouhin purchased two parcels in Mont de Milieu, one of them very old, three years ago; done entirely in stainless steel): Very pale bright yellow. Vibrant aromas of lemon zest and white flowers. More penetrating and tensile than the Sécher; less creamy but more structured and powerful. Finishes quite tight, with adamant minerality and a strong citrus zest element. (ST) 90+  (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Slightly riper fruit even though it is a cooler site, more orange pith than green fruits. Smoky, stony and refined on the palate, really upright and focused but long too. (JH)  (11/2015)

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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, 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.
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.