2017 Domaines Albert Bichot Chablis

SKU #1441456 90 points James Suckling

 An attractive, regular Chablis that has bright dried-pear and apple-ring character, quite generous body, but enough lemon-peel freshness to carry it. Some chalky minerals at the finish. Drink on release.  (2/2019)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Pretty and fresh notes of mineral reduction, oyster shell and citrus lead to delicious, nicely rich and textured middle weight flavors that are clean, dry and refreshing if only moderately persistent and complex.  (10/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Long-Depaquit's 2017 Chablis Villages is performing nicely from bottle, offering up aromas green apple, lemon, smoke and oyster shell. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with good volume and a bright spine of acidity. It's a precise but accessible generic Chablis that's already drinking well. (WK)  (8/2019)

Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis, which only sees stainless steel, has a simple and rather ordinary bouquet. The palate is slightly bitter on the entry but offers far more personality with Granny Smith apples and a fine saline undercurrent. I appreciate the tension on the finish, but just wish that the nose offers more. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (NM)  (8/2018)

Wine Spectator

 The flavors of this white verge on peach, with a core of straightforward apple and light earth notes. Persistent on the lingering, lemony finish. Drink now. (BS)


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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.