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2018 Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1525184 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru is laced with lemon confit, citrus peel, almond, dried flowers and chamomile. Aromatic and light on its feet, the 2018 offers lovely near and medium-term appeal. This is such an attractive 1er Cru. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A vague whiff of the exotic floats above the equally Chablis-like nose of floral, iodine, seashore and that lovely hint of tidal pool. Delicious, round and relatively forward medium-bodied flavors possess evident minerality on the dry, firm and refreshing citrus-tinged finish. This is not especially persistent, at least not at present, as the backend is a bit attenuated, yet I suspect that this will round out nicely with a few years of bottle age. *Burghound Outstanding!* Inner quote mark (10/2020)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Charming but lively, the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes reveals aromas of fresh peach and beeswax, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy but precise palate. This was an enjoyable tasting with the dynamic Grégory Viennois, who today, as technical director, presides over Laroche's fully 90 hectares. As I wrote last year, Viennois is a Chapoutier and Derenoncourt alumnus, and he is working toward more sustainable farming and moderated yields in the vineyards, as well as long pressing in the cuverie in pursuit of structuring dry extract. Recently used oak is more subtly employed, and Laroche's early-2000s transition to screwcap closures has been abandoned. The 2017 vintage was showing well, largely realizing the promise it showed during élevage, and a first look at the 2018 vintage revealed more than a few promising cuvées, Viennois's work at the press evident in chalky back-end structure, which will be interesting to follow throughout élevage. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Tense with the scent of white roses and the flavor of unsalted butter, this wine has a leesy tannic structure that brings to mind wet stone and wet cement. Quiet and grapey, this is built to age. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Though soft and lacking the intensity of the best vintages, this shows good Chablis character, offering floral, apple and seashore aromas and flavors. Fine length too. Drink now. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

91pts Neal Martin writing for Vinous: "The 2018 Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru offers green apples, lime, sea spray and light grilled almond notes on a nose that takes a few swirls of the glass to get going. The palate is well balanced, with a faint tang of dried quince and bitter lemon on the entry. I admire the salinity and savory finish of this Vaillons, though I suspect it will show best in its youth. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong!"

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